I’ve been working on a new long story. To work on it, I have to focus and neglect other shorter ideas. It is a lot like isolating your mind on a desert island and telling it that there will be no rescue plane till it constructs a nine part story as a signal flare.
What intrigues me about this story idea is that it involves four dominant males. My female characters almost always out number my male characters because I am writing porn and I find women sexier. Having to write about guys who are friends is going to be a unique experience. My usual porn motto is to create interesting characters and have them do interesting sex with each other. Since I have little interest in homoerotica, my usual porn methods fail me here.
What I do want to do is create a bdsm equivalent of the ‘Three Musketeers’. It’s one of my favorite books of all time and I am intrigued by the idea of doing a good porn version. Athos, Porthos, Aramis and d’Artagnan are amazing characters that have never grown old. It’s a very male story with very masculine themes that appealed to even my machophobic mindset. It is interesting to me that in the world of bdsm, we don’t have similar figures. I can say “She reminds me of Beauty” and a lot of porn readers will nod their heads. Say the same thing about a male character and you’re lucky if people even remember that character’s name much less associate anything with them.
Part of the problem of this story is that it is almost easy to assemble a group of male doms but the question becomes, what do they do? Without a Cardinal to fight, or another group of doms to compete against, you have a lot of heroic figures standing around bullshitting all day. They need a prize, a goal or some sort of quest. I think erotica sometimes doesn’t survive non-sexual action sometimes. That might sound weird coming from a guy who writes about sexy industrial espionage agents but non-sexual action has the potential to eclipse sexual action if it’s not handled very carefully. I think female characters can almost pull it off because heck, a woman doing anything physical is sexy, but it’s trickier with men. Men doing awesome things can quickly turn into teenage power fantasies.
I think part of the appeal of this story is my lack of male friends in the bdsm community. Heck, I have few male friends in general and when I grow apart from them I rarely stay in touch. I see this more as a fault in myself, but deep down I see it more as a fault in other men that they can’t hold my interest. Just like porn writers create sexy characters unlike anyone they know, I will most likely create better friends than I can personally find.
Oddly the only male friends I have kept over the years have been other porn writers. Writing is hard and anyone who can write coherent stories and improve gets my admiration. Writing as a male sex writer can be a really thankless hobby sometimes as most of our readers are made up of men who would rather have their fictional needs met by female writers. Any male writer who sticks with writing porn is either obsessive or stubborn, which are things I can relate to.
A friend of mine said that the story wouldn’t work because doms don’t get along. That really stopped me for awhile because I think she is correct. I don’t see many dom friends that extend past two people. I think BDSM has too much rivalry, posturing and well, domination for a group of like minded doms to really be close friends. On the other hand, my ego says it is because these guys don’t have a story yet to blueprint onto. They can’t be friends because they haven’t been shown how. It hasn’t been made cool yet.
for that matter, maybe that’s the ultimate goal. Instead of fighting someone, they need to learn how to not fight each other.
Of course all of this is still in the embryo phase. There is a difference between a desire to do a story and actually having the story come together. I have a lot of parties to go to this weekend which weirdly enough, always provides me with time to be alone in my head.