Hello, and welcome to my first post of 2020. As I take time away from re-writing my novel Nudists of Shangri-La, I wanted to keep you my audience, followers, and friends updated on, what I am up to and why.
The reasons I am re-writing many of my novels are many.
- My craft of writing has improved.
- The story has evolved.
- There is more that I want to say.
- Some of these books are performing in a lackluster way.
- I wanted to be more honest, more insightful with the characters.
Writers deal in lies. If you think about it, we tell stories about people, places and things that never existed or, did not happen. There never was a wooden boy that had a nose that grew when he prevaricated. We, as readers, can still anthropomorphize this and believe that it happened. Indeed the wooden child is part of our culture. “Your nose is growing.”
The dirty little secret about writing and lies is there is an undercurrent of honesty in what we write. For instance, in many of my novels, there are parts of me on display that no camera could ever find.
I talk about the difference between being nude and naked in many of my novels. For you who don’t know, if I were posing for a bunch of art students and I was to be undressed, I would be nude. If right before that were to happen, I was in the bathroom getting ready to make an appearance, and someone came in unannounced, I would be naked.
Now some of you might just say that is semantics, but it is not; it is a state of mind. In my novels, there are parts of me that are nude. They are on display, and I have chosen to put them out there for the world. There might also be some parts that are naked that I did not intend to put out and did by accident.
Judy, in this novel, works her way through the process of being nude not only with her body but in discovering who and what she is, she must be naked and then find out what and who her demon is.
I have added an element of magic in these novels, and some mystical things to bring more audiences into the story other than just those who seek titillation. Judy is much deeper than being submissive for some Dom. I am much more deep-rooted than providing a story for those who might want to read with one hand.
Sorry if that is too graphic. When writing, we need to consider who the audience is. We can only do that when we are totally honest with who we are. The problem or a consequence of that is this, we expose parts of ourselves to the world. People might or will judge us.
As a writer, I hear many say, ‘I don’t want others reading what I write.’ Consider that statement carefully as it is relevant to the conversation. When you write and you share, it is much like walking down the hallway in your school naked. Yes, we all had that nightmare and I am sure some phycologist somewhere could piece that together with insecurity that you have. You don’t want people to know who you really are.
This is who I am. In my stories, I talk about finding a balance between your ‘bedroom’ life and your public life. Your naked or nude life in your bathroom, vs. your clothed life in the world.
The life you portray on Sunday at church vs. Friday nights at the club. Balance is critical and denying who you are or what you are is what makes us scared that we might be found out.
Follow me here if you have not already, as I will dive into this more as the week’s progress. The nudist’s series will be a trilogy before it is over and it will be much more than a one-handed read. We will be honest with you and ourselves about this subject and why so many write about and talk about nudism.
Being a writer is probably more revealing of who we are in that we go beyond being nude.
I hope your year has started off well, and I look forward to spending 2020 with you!
Much Love -TW