Erotica author, aka Elspeth Potter, on Writing from the Inside

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Dream Stories

I have a mental list of stories I want to write. Also a list I'd like to revisit, that I attempted but never completed to my satisfaction. And a few files that are nothing but a few sentences, that just flowed out of my fingers in that strange, almost-subconscious way that always astonishes me when it happens.

Right now, of course, those stories must remain dreams. I have a certain amount of time, and all of it goes toward meeting my deadline for my next novel for Spice; and once I've turned that one in, there's one more after it.

I can still dream, though.

I want to write a werewolf marriage of convenience. I might propose that plot for my next Spice book, if The Moonlight Mistress does well enough. Ideas for this one are already forming in my head - themes and problems for the characters to face and, lately, settings. It helps that I already know the characters somewhat. I'd also love to do a Steampunk Western - I already have some characters for that, as well, and the beginnings of the worldbuilding.

To be truthful, I have myriad ideas for stories set during and immediately after World War One. And I already have plenty of research material on hand for them.

But I'd also like to return to a science fiction project from many years ago. I think it would actually benefit from having the erotic element increased, even if it didn't quite become an erotic novel. I love the world I created, and the implications of it are endless; I could go wild with thematic import. It's probably not very salable, but I would have a blast writing it.

And I want to write things I haven't tried before. I'm curious whether I could write a category romance. I'd like to write a historical romance novel with a marriage of convenience so I could see how writing those works from the inside. I'd like to write a young adult fantasy; I have old drafts of several different projects that I could revisit. And I've long had notes for a novel about musicians, set at a college, that wouldn't have any speculative elements at all.

What about you? What's your dream project?

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  1. I've always wanted to write a Horror. Maybe one day. Perhaps one of your dreams will come to pass.

  2. I've always wanted to write a western, alas as an english girl with a very english voice who's never been to the wild west I don't think I'd be able to do the story justice.

  3. I'm writing my dream project, now, I guess. My cycling-inspired story, with my hubby's assistance and all the attendant research, is hard work, but so totally worth the effort. Then again, I'm only five (stages) chapters in to it, but it's a blast so far! :)

    Other than that, I guess I'm dreaming of getting my coming-of-age story about a British boy rewritten and edited for mass consumption. Right now, the hard copy is the only version in existence, since a virus wiped my PC out six years ago.

    I *will* get it done, but it has to be a side project, as it involves soooo much retyping and reworking as I go...


  4. Adelle, maybe one day the Horrible mood will come upon you, and you'll just start writing it.

    Nell, I wrote British characters so I think it's only fair if you want to do a Western!

    Kimberly, the cycling thing sounds really cool! Maybe you could find a fast typist to give the other project a jumpstart.

  5. I'd like to write big fat historical novels about Dark Age Britain. And then there's this m/m Crusader Knight hostage thing that's been burning through my brain. But , like you, I have plenty of stuff I have to do :)

  6. Crusader Knight Hostage = WANT.

    Dark Age Britian, I can't help but think of Rosemary Sutcliff!