I have been very fortunate to teach online and on land for UCLA Extension for many years. I love my students and the folks who work there, and just this past week, one of the administrators wrote to ask me if I would teach the class that focused on writing sex and violence.
Now, I DO know about writing about sex. It's one of my favorite "tools," as it were, in the romance biz. And I work hard at writing sex scenes that include no heaving and pulsing and throbbing. No weird words for body parts. The sex has to be consistent with character. No one has forty orgasms in one scene. You know. Sex as we know it, even if it's not of this planet (sometimes my characters go elsewhere than Earth). IN any case, yes. Gotcha. Can do.
I wracked my brain. Had I ever killed anyone violently? Had anyone been raped or strangled or murdered or tortured? Did I have abuse on stage? Had any character so much as hit another character?
No. Maybe I should slap in something. Oh, once a character in a story was accidentally run over. One character had a heart attack.
What's wrong with me?
Should I have more violence? It's everywhere, isn't it? Should my fiction have that element coursing through it just like real life?
Do I have problems with conflict?
As you can see this fact bothered me. What do you think? What kind of violence have you written about? Is it normal to not have it?
Needless to say, I told my administrator that I would teach the sex class but not the violence class--and she seemed happy with that!
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