Wednesday, March 12, 2014

in search of my titanium skin

I've written a very few spanking stories, but I found both the act of writing them and the feedback really enjoyable.  However, there are some very good authors that I know read my blog occasionally, and I'm almost hesitant to delve into a post about the theory of writing spanking fiction because I'm hardly qualified.

But I'm having trouble... See, I've had this story idea/fantasy percolating in my head for awhile about a law firm with lots of spankings and sex. Think LA Law but with spankings.  Almost sort of a soap opera type fictional environment with interactions among characters that could change with each chapter/episode rather than just a short story with a beginning, a conflict, a climax, and conclusion.  I've even hammered out a few chapters and have the outlines for more in my head.  It's the set-up I can't quite figure out.  Almost all spanking stories require some suspension of disbelief, and I get that, but I'd like to try and make it at least plausible.  Sure, there are stories about people in spanking relationships that don't require a plausibility set-up. There are stories that take the time to build up to a spanking.  But creating a fantasy fictional world with lots of spankings... it's pretty tough to do.  Of course, these type stories probably appeal more to the hard-core spanko than the curious newbie: sort of like the difference between someone that goes to see a StarTrek movie vs. someone who goes to a convention.  

Awhile back Rollin Hand wrote a couple of essays about plausibility in spanking stories, and did a much better job than I could do at explaining the particular challenges in making a spanking story plausible.

Me, I'm not trying to attain his level of plausibility.  I'd say he comes closer to striving for realism. I'm not looking to write a story that could happen; I'm looking to write a story that might could maybe happen if the reader is willing to take a leap and enter a crazy fantasy world. Still though, you need something to set up the situation so that the reader can take that leap without just dismissing the setting as completely crazy, ridiculous, and outlandish.

Something like... the titanium armor on the space shuttle in the movie Armageddon.  Remember all those asteroid movies several years ago? In this one Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck went up in a space shuttle to blow up the asteroid headed for earth. But wait a minute- the space shuttles were extremely fragile, right? Cold weather caused one of the rings in the rocket booster to crack, some missing tiles caused another to burn up upon re-entry, right? How could we plausibly use a space shuttle to carry a nuclear weapon to land on a runaway asteroid? No, these weren't regular space shuttles... they were special top secret shuttles with titanium armor. Oh. Okay. Disbelief suspended. (Never mind that titanium armor would make the shuttle so heavy that it couldn't launch- I read that in an article somewhere but couldn't find it just now.)

I've read some fun spanking stories with some doozies of a set up. A modern woman thrust into a medieval world where women are spanked all the time...hmm... she's a scientist aboard a spaceship observing a colony of humans that decided to forgo technology and is stuck in a culture of ancient earth.  Just recently there was a discussion on the spanking library forum about creating a fictional world/setting where different authors could write stories. What if it were an island, stuck back in time? How does one explain the different culture allowing spankings? What if the swirling currents surrounding it kept out visitors by ship for centuries? The swirling currents surrounding this made up island have nothing to do with spanking, but are that "titanium armor" allowing the reader to suspend disbelief that such a culture could exist.  

So that's where I'm stuck on this series of stories in a spanking law firm. Still working on finding my titanium skin to help set it up.

Okay so maybe not what you were thinking when you saw the title of this post, huh?


6 comments:

  1. I'll be the first to say I'd LOVE to read anything you wrote! My advice - just sit down and write it. Don't worry about anything, just write. Remember that people who are reading want to suspend their disbelief and want you to carry them off into your world. I know I do - I've got reality every day: kids, school, cleaning the house, making dinners, laundry... it's ok, just write. Hurry up - so I can read it :) You will be great - you are already great. Go write. xoxo

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    1. I will, as soon as I have time- job, kids, school, dinner, etc... thanks for the encouragement!

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  2. they all sound like some fresh settings, give it a whirl.

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  3. Here's one way to do it. You use the POV of a new person who comes into an odd environment. Slowly it's revealed that there is a "culture of spanking" in this weird law firm. He/she hears things, sees things, all quite by accident so slowly the culture is revealed. That way you bring the reader along slowly too. It's one way of getting the reader to suspend disbelief. The reader sees things through the eyes of this character who is flabbergasted that all this is happening. You could make it tongue-in-cheek as well. Finally, of course they have to confront it head on.

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    1. that's actually really helpful advice and I just used it in drafting a new 1st chapter! thank you!

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