I finished my story for the week yesterday, and while I like it, I’m not entirely happy with it. In fact, it’s left me once more with the feeling of uncertainty about just where to draw the line when it comes to sex.
It is integral to this scene, and to this character, and whatever else she appears in. It’s part of the foundation of who she is and what she does, so naturally it’s going to crop up.
But how much is too much? How do you decide what you need to show, and what can be skipped? In struggling with this, I didn’t go into a bunch of details, in fact I skipped the main act and jumped to the end of the story. The point was not to just write sex, which I was worried it was going to come out as, but at the same time I feel like I missed out on the bits of the act that would really solidify things for both the character and the reader. These things were spoken about after the fact, but I feel like thats a cop out in some respects.
I think this can sometimes be a hard line to walk, and while I’ve always been of the ‘if it fills the needs of the story, and enhances/explains/shows something of the characters/situation/etc, then pretty much anything goes’ camp, I’m still unsure of just how much to include, and how much to leave out.
When I reread it, I’m sure it will become clear what should stay or go, or what should be added. But for now I am left feeling rather unsatisfied with the whole thing. And still at a loss as to what to write next week. Hopefully something crops up between now and then though!