Alison Tyler: Do you need a certain mindset or tools or other to enable you to get into your writing, and if so, what?
Greta Christina: Tools, for damn sure. I am very attached to writing on my own laptop. It would feel weird to write on anything else.
As for mindset: It definitely helps to be in a certain mindset for certain kinds of writing. It helps, for instance, to be horny when I’m writing dirty stories. If I’m not horny, I’ll generally do other kinds of writing instead: like atheist rants, or cat blogging.
That being said, though: A deadline for paying work is powerful inspiration. If I have a deadline for a specific piece, I just bloody well work on it, whether I feel like it or not. I flesh out the skeleton if I haven’t yet started a piece, or work on polishing and revisions if I have. Starting to write a piece can get me in the mindset to write it. And starting to write porn can definitely make me horny enough to write porn. If I can’t get revved up any other way, then I’ll read some of my older porn. It can get me very… inspired.
Here’s the deal: I’m doing a blog tour for my new erotic fiction collection, “Bending: Dirty Kinky Stories About Pain, Power, Religion, Unicorns, & More.” Today’s installment in the tour is an interview I did with Alison Tyler, on the nuts and bolts of writing erotic fiction. as well as on some personal stuff (like my idea of an ideal lover!).
Previous stops on this blog tour:
Ozy Frantz’s Blog: Is Erotic Shame Real Shame? (guest post by me)
Ozy Frantz’s Blog: Christian Domestic Discipline (extended excerpt)
Ozy Frantz has taken down their blog. These posts have now been reprinted on my own blog:
Is Erotic Shame “Real” Shame? (essay)
Excerpt from Christian Domestic Discipline (extended excerpt)
Brute Reason: Greta Christina on Writing Dirty Stories (interview with Miri)
Lusty Lady, Rachel Kramer Bussell: Excerpt from Craig’s List (extended excerpt)
Charlie Glickman’s Blog: “Discover just how far sexy goes” (brief review/ blurb)
WWJTD? JT Eberhard: On Being an Atheist Writing Religious Porn, plus Excerpt from Penitence as a Perpetual Motion Machine (guest post by me, plus extended excerpt)
Passions and Provocations, Pam Rosenthal (a.k.a. Molly Weatherfield): How to Read a Remarkable Work of Erotica (review/ essay)
Curvacious Dee’s Blog: Bent Fiction, plus Excerpt from Doing It Over (review, plus extended excerpt)
Susie Bright’s Journal: Pain, Kink, Shame — and a Unicorn Chaser. Greta Christina’s New Erotic Epic! (brief review and extended excerpt from The Shame Photos
En Tequila Es Verdad, Dana Hunter’s blog: Why Is Kink Fun? (guest post by me)
Under His Hand, Kaya’s blog: Excerpt from This Week (extended excerpts)
Heina, Skepchick: Why Atheists Say “God” When They Have Sex (essay)
Girl on the Net: Someone else’s story (essay/review)