As Lydia may remember, since nobody else here has been around long enough to recall, I used to write constantly...something you may be able to take away from reading some of the things I post. Indeed, I was even set up to write an adult contemporary/erotica book from the D-C members some years back called "Cross-Examined" which got tossed as I had trouble situating the characters with little to no reference frame. (Lydia supplied the idea and the names...I'm sure she remembers.
Well, I started back into one of my oldest projects, an unnamed story that I had originally started when I was 15 that went under the file name "Torrent." The original work was far from even being 1/4 done and was spanning well over 200 pages.
With adapting it from the original format (it was started as a storyline for a friend going into videogame design), I've changed many of the characters and events thus far. The initial plot is still the same, however already characters have been added and the background of the primary character has changed slightly.
I'm sure that if I were to ever work this through to the end, it would be no less than 6 books all novel length. The outline that I originally made for the story was 11 pages...just the outline...and I barely made it into the second tier (i.e. heading II.) in those original 200 pages.
My questions arose the other night as I was working on it from the point that I had stopped before due to insecurities of how to continue. Since is a completely separate situation than what was in the original, I wasn't sure of how to write it.
The situation involves a relationship with the main protagonist and a new female character and the meeting they have after the event where they were introduced. Needless to say, it's an erotic scene bound to take place more than once in this epic story, especially since it is programmed between several characters in the original.
After speaking to another writer friend of mine about it, he suggested from his experiences to just go into the abstract detail and not go into the direct detail like your average wholly erotic tale.
My questions for you:
1) How do you perceive sections as such in stories that you have read?
2) What extent do you view fantasy novels (in the literary sense...not the erotic) for their necessity for depth?
3) How detailed do you expect a novel to be for maximum enjoyability? (This is often one of my biggest faults as I go too far into detail....something my peers and readers have pointed out to me)
Here comes the rain, another day another storm.
I've been down, down, down for oh, so long. ("Blood Is
I'll walk this mile and I'll ask no quarter, (Thicker Than Water"
For in the end, blood is thicker than water. (-Black Label Society)