Sex sells. At least that is what has been drilled into my head for the many decades I have been a writer. But does it really? And to whom?
As a writer, I’m faced with the dilemma of how to involve romance and sexuality in my writing. At first, I was against even considering the notion of my characters in such situations. Mainly, I was out to prove that I was a good writer and that I didn’t need sex to “beef up” my story.
But as I began to explore the various nuances of human relationships, I began to see the logic including sex scenes and sensuality in my writing. Even though my writing has evolved tremendously ever since I started to embrace unrestricted, uninhibited writing, I’m still sticking to the notion I’ve always had. That good writing doesn’t need to use sex as a crutch.
So will there be ‘sex scenes’ in The Next Dimension? Yes. Will they be in every chapter? Absolutely not. Will they be graphic and explicit? No. I still believe in plot-driven, conflict-driven writing. I am not a romance writer, and I am not seeking to become one. My focus has been and always will be the story itself.
A lot of readers want instant gratification. The whole ‘sex sells’ adage has always been disheartening to me, and I have seen it in the writing community. People are willing to ignore a good story but will give all their attention to stories that are nothing but porn.
So if instant gratification is what you are looking for, you aren’t going to find it in this series. What you will see is challenges and conflict around every corner. Characters being taxed to the max both mentally and physically as they try to reach their goals. You will find relationships of all kinds. Strong friendships, the bond between brothers, and yes, romance. But you will also find action, adventure, triumphs, and obstacles. Because that, to me, is the magic of the written word. Painting a picture, creating emotion, leaving a message, that is what writing should do. Readers should be left with their minds blown, their perception of reality knocked on its heels, and they should be touched and moved in ways they never thought possible. That is what writing should be. That is what should really sell.