My Hot Biker Character and What I Am Drawn To – Image Post

In writing my last post about getting away from your type as a writer and opening up, I decided to look up a picture or two to base my character on so I would have a good idea of the looks I am shooting to describe.  Now, I must preface this by saying I have never actually seen Sons of Anarchy but this is the best representation of the looks of the character I am writing.

I don’t remember exactly what I typed into Google, but it was something like “hot blond biker rough” and that pulled up some interesting things!!  But not for an M/F book!  Lol, so I played around with words until I found this guy, Jax from Sons of Anarchy.  Yeah, he’s pretty tasty.  Love those eyes too.

Shorter Hair is more accurate to the character in my book.

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Erotica Blog.  Occasional shirtless guys are pretty much obligatory.
Erotica Blog. Occasional shirtless guys are pretty much obligatory.

So yeah, he’s hot and all that but he’s not really my type.  All the while I am trying to find my character, I am looking at pictures like this (heehee):

Ryan Reynolds
So I guess I’m like an old, stubborn dog.  There’s no teaching me new tricks.  Since I was a kid, it’s always been dark hair, dark eyes and a little bit of bad boy to them.  It’s not that I cannot see the good looks in others, but I know what gives me the happies 🙂

Off to write.  Aiming to finish this one today.

In Writing Sexy Characters – How Do You Get Away from Your Own Type?

First I want to say that I am currently sitting at 7442 out of 8000 for the Biker romance.  I might even knock out the words I need (two sex scenes) tonight but I doubt it.  I have homework, housework and workwork to do.  I’m looking forward to finishing this one.

It is going to need pretty extensive editing before I can get it to my beta readers.  First more description on all 5 senses, more of the female character’s personality and more of the biker theme or else a totally different title.  Once I am done I can put it aside for three days and work on something else until moving on to editing.

So, before I get on to my main point of this post, I did want to pose a question.  With a title like “Beauty and the Biker” is it expected that there would be a LOT of Biker Theme throughout the book?  Like biker bars, motorcycle poker runs, her/him riding on the motorcycle, biker friends, etc?  Or is it enough that the male main character is a biker & tough; dresses like one, talks and acts like one and rides his bike all the time?  I feel as though that’s not enough “biker” to use that title.

Now, to my main point: I have a type.  Looking at all the men that I have had crushes on and the man I married, it’s painfully obvious: I like tall, lean men with dark eyes, dark hair, tattoos.  Sometimes a not-so-perfect past is involved.  Gruff, strong men.  Silent types.

However, I totally get that my readers might not share my tastes.  Or they might like that type but obviously they don’t want the same hero/love interest in every book.

So as a writer, I have to create different looking men for the books.  I’ve read a number of authors who don’t do this and it’s irritating.  Sometimes to the point of not buying another one of their books.  And when they reuse the same description of a four different men in four different books?  Definitely time to get another writer’s work.

So I am just trying to find a good medium.  I’m not going to write about people I would never in a million years find attractive.  It’s not just about what *I* want to write either, but what my readers want to read.  If I don’t like the characters (or want the love interest) I feel as though that will come through in my writing, no matter how hard I try.  No reader wants to read an erotic story with no chemistry, so it’s best to write characters that I feel are sexy.  Characters that have a certain set of convictions and attitudes about life, if not at the beginning, then at the end.  And they don’t always have to be alike.  Take Martin Riggs from the Lethal Weapon series and James Bond.  Very different, and yet sexy.  Or the two antiheroes of Bodhi from Point Blank and Hitman from “Hitman“.  Both of those characters are completely different, but there are attractive features in both.

So I figure as long as I have characters that fit certain perimeters that *I* find attractive, I can fake the looks part.

The only problem I am running into now is remembering what my guy looks like *facepalm*.  This biker guy is a blond (can’t think of one that I’ve had a crush on since I was 4 and fell in love with Heman) with some color eyes that I cannot even NOW remember.  She’s a dark brunette with light blue eyes.  Now why can I remember her, but not him?  I mean, he’s sexy as hell to me, but his looks are a little ambiguous right now, I guess because I picture my husband.

I have been writing and finishing fiction (romance and erotica too) for 16 years now and I never been one that needed the “character description” notes, but I guess I’ll start.  Or download pictures of hot guys to be that character.

What about other writers?  If you’re reading this let me know your thoughts.  What do you find sexy in either looks or personality?  What do you do in your writing to compensation for a difference in tastes but not compromise your personal affection for the characters?

10 Ways for an ADD Writer to be OOH! SHINY!…Productive

Excellent post. I feel inspired to get more writing, housework and workwork done, and maybe even throw in a little brain surgery 😉

I have just started ignoring my feelings and I gotta say, I am a load more productive. Feelings seem to come from the annoying inner brat lol.

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Other writers frequently ask how I somehow manage to get a lot of stuff done, despite my having the attention span of a fruit fly…with a bad crack habit. Here are 10 ways to help you be productive even if OOH! SHINY!

…even if you tend to be a tad ADD. The following tips are what help ME stay focused. I am NOT a doctor or psychologist or ADD expert. I’m a Jedi master, warp engine inspector, and WRITER so you get what you get.

1. Make lists.

I get distracted easily, so a list reminds me of what I need to get accomplished. I make separate lists—housework, fiction, non-fiction, business stuff, global domination using sea monkeys. Then, once I have the list, I do the hardest thing on my writing and business lists FIRST (housework can WAIT).

Like Covey says, Never mistake the urgent for the important.

2. Understand…

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Sexy, unedited snippet from ‘Beauty and the Biker’

I have been putting my 750 words first in the day, after breakfast and meditation, but today I just seemed to forget and was working on my Etsy shop (see the ‘Day Job’ tab for more info about that) before I realized that, OOPS! gotta get my words in.

So I hit the word processor.  I am now up to 4525 words with ‘Beauty and the Biker’, 847 of that from today cruising through that halfway mark.

I need to find a work count widget for this blog so I can keep the word counts updated daily without having to make a post solely regarding the word counts.

Before I go here is a raw, unedited total first draft snippet of what I am working on.

“Maggie.”  The voice was a low growl and sounded as if it took real effort to get the syllables out.  “Go change.”

She looked down and felt herself pale.  She jean shorts she had were practically daisy dukes but now thanks to the rain they weren’t just short but plastered to her skin, not hiding anything.  Her thin, yellow t-shirt now looked painted on and the material was leaning towards translucent, her pink lacey bra underneath visible, nipples stiffened by the chill.

As she looked up from under her lashes at Lance, her eyes wild, her mouth opened to say something, anything… but it was too late.  She saw his resolve to stand there like a statue – to be a gentleman – snap.

In two large strides he met her, one hand sliding into her loose bun and yanking out the hair tie, the other simultaneously pushing against the small of her back, bringing her closer to him.

That’s it for today.  I have a huge ‘To Do’ list that I need to get to so have a great day, all!

Writing Updates – Word Count

Most Current Word Counts
Most Current Word Counts

My daily goal at the moment is 750 words.  Yesterday I got 796 and today I got a whopping 1429.  The only bummer was that they weren’t on the same story.

I’m going to try and keep a tab somewhere on this blog of my daily word counts.  Anyone wishing to join in, just leave comments or better yet, go see if Holly Lisle is doing her “Write a Book with Me” game.  I know when she had migraines she took off from that, and she’s got a ton of new lessons up and coming so I am not sure she is, but if you’re a member on her forums (some are free) then you can catch up with some games going on there.  Or you can just run over to Twitter and play some word wars – there are almost always some going on.

The other thing I marked off my ‘To Do’ List today was to gather up my current open stories (with more than 1000 words OR part of a series, a full plot and mainly erotic content) list where I am with them and put them in plain view.

So far I’ve got only a handful that meet that exact criteria, though I also have two that I started writing in notebooks while I was at work, and those two I need to start typing up soon.

All titles are working titles.

Super Short

To Do Lists for Shop & Writing
To Do Lists for Shop & Writing

“New Territory” (Corrine’s Adventures): 501/3500

“Lessons in Sharing” (Corrine’s Adventures): 0/3500

“Full Submission” (Corrine’s Adventures): 0/3500

Short

“Leo & Mariana” 3537/5000

“Beauty and the Biker” 2908/8000

 

Novella

Rook City Fire Fighters: 20,979/30,000

 

My goal is to have set deadlines to have the first drafts finished, sent off to my betas, get my cover artist to work on covers, then get them back to format then publish.  I’ve got more goals than what I have listed on the board, but this is how I am keeping things covered for now.

I am hoping to be able to get another story published by mid to late July.

More later!