Coffee, Music, & Smut???

Early morning, birds chirping from high upon the tree tops. Music streaming through the laptop speakers, the kid is asleep, coffee brews, filling the house with that fresh ground coffee bean aroma. While most people are getting up and heading out the door to their offices or other places of employment, I…sit crossed legged in the middle of my bed, sipping a cuppa Joe, getting ready to write.

I’ve heard it all – “it can’t be that difficult to write,” “who can’t write about sex?” “You think that’s challenging?” Well, let’s take a look at those things. First, let me say this – I do think I have it easier in the sense that I really don’t have to deal with upfront confrontations with customers or clientele, not for one minute do I envy anyone that must do so. Why? Because unfortunately, sometimes, people suck. They see themselves as above the person providing whatever service they offer. Yes, I have the advantage there. After all, I’m still in pajamas and sitting in my “office,” which I have coined the term for right now to cover my bedroom. (When I’m feeling in need of closing myself away from the world, I do indeed use my office.)

Statement #1 “It can’t be that difficult to write.” Yes and no. I can put words on the screen all day long but that doesn’t mean they make any sense, it doesn’t mean the story works, it doesn’t mean they will not all be deleted. For me, and I can only speak for myself, it’s a process. Write, write, write…delete, delete. In that sense, no it’s not difficult to write, but it is difficult to write something that not only pleases yourself but becomes something someone else wants to read.

Statement #2 “Who can’t write about sex?” Anyone can, that is true. Writing about sex without sounding extremely cliché and repetitive, without showing any feeling or emotion, without breathing life into one, two, or three, or more, (hey, don’t judge, it depends on your kink??) on occasion, gets frustrating. Your characters, as in any other type of writing, romance, thriller, suspense, have to come to life and drive themselves in the direction they wish to travel.

Statement #3 “You think that’s challenging?” Aahhh…YES. Many days the answer to that is a resounding yes. There are times when there isn’t enough coffee in the world to get me in gear. The challenge in that aspect doesn’t necessarily come from writing. It comes from working at home. See, while I can work in my pj’s if I choose to do so, it also means I have to work in my pj’s and avoid the outside distractions of being at home. The phone, the dogs, the cat, “Oh, look, a little dust.” I liken it to trying to focus on the task at hand-writing-but the squirrels in my head go crazy at everything else that I could be doing. That’s what makes it challenging for me.

Everything else is a bonus. So, with my oversized pretty pink mug in hand, music blaring through my earbuds, the dogs quietly sleeping at the foot of the bed, I’m going to start the day. I jokingly call it “smut” because well, let’s be honest…some of it is just that and that is perfectly acceptable! Others have stronger storylines, much more involved characters. I’m working on book two of my Submissive Riley series, Book One – Meeting Tyler is out and available to purchase on Amazon. Book Two – Saving Riley is due out shortly. I have to tell you, I’ve fallen in love with Tyler and Riley, this is a series which I truly enjoy and can’t wait to share the rest of their story with all of you.

Enjoy your Wednesday, coffee cups up, (or tea, or your preference 😉 ) and make the most of your day!

S.D.

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