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This is definitely a high wire act. I had to do it for one scene a novel where I had two lovers who were both misunderstanding the other's motives and actions. The only way to make full sense of what happens in the scene was to be in both heads. Whether I was successful in pulling this off remains to be seen. But these are the rules of thumb I made up for ...


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Try describing a scene, an environment in order to introduce someone else. I usually write in 1st person so when I'm writing I'll say, "I started...", "I thought about...", I wanted to..." or "I really needed to..." But then the challenge for me was figuring out how to take my interaction (or interactions) between two or more characters, put it off to the ...


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Holes by Louis Sachar starts in media res of one of three stories, essentially telling three stories over four seperate time periods. The main character, Stanley Yelnats IV, is in the contemporary setting and view point for this story (his time at at a juvinile corrections facility Camp Green Lake in the middle of the Texas Desert (the lake had long since ...


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Borrow liberally from male-oriented (often Japanese) erotic literature. It does exist, contrary to the assertion in the question; it's just heavily oriented towards nerds, as a result of its roots growing out from Japanese popular culture (e.g. manga, anime, and light novels). Many of the original Japanese works were even written by women - for instance, ...


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"The Fifth Season" by N.K.Jemisin contains an element where the story is told from the POV of 3 main characters, and a bit more than halway in it is revealed that two of them actually are the same - just at different times and after a name change. I have a suspicion the thirds is also the same character (not at the end yet). This worked because the time ...


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The problem I see is the double standard in sexualization. It seems much more acceptable nowadays for women to a have a lusty look on (attractive) men than the other way around. The cause for this might be the still living cliché that men tend to only think this way while women 'just do it for fun'. But this discussion is not the main point here. ...


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Erotica is not a genre I read, but the lusting male gaze in some fantasy and sci-fi - I cannot say that I always find it offensive. On the contrary - I can find it quite pleasant. I want to be lusted after this way. Which is, I think, the key to your question: consider how a woman would want to be wanted, and how she wouldn't want to be wanted. What are ...


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This is called Point of View (POV). In brief, cause the internet is full of this info, I the first person POV, and he/him/she/her are 3rd person POV, and you is the 2nd person POV used mostly in chose your own adventure writing and some avant-garde writing. If you are writing a short story, its recommend you keep a constant POV. Novels can change POV in ...


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