On Writing Transgressive Fiction: a Feminine Perspective

I actually enjoy this violent manly side of transgressive fiction. I enjoy the unusual, harsh dream orgies of William S. Burroughs, and I enjoy the ruthless power video games of the Marquis de Sade. But I have actually likewise observed that there is another side to transgressive fiction that is rarely gone over. I do not believe its being purposefully disregarded by transgressive fiction fans, I just believe theres truthfully not a whole of details out there about it. Its the feminine side of transgressive fiction, and its simply as repulsive and pleasantly strange.

And keep writing.

Lauren Sapala is the author of Between the Shadow and Lo, a transgressive novel based on her experiences as an alcoholic fighting her alter ego in Seattle in the early 2000s, and its follow up, West Is San Francisco. She is also the developer of Intuitive Writing, a six-step online video course for user-friendly writers who battle with writing. You can SIGN UP HERE to join her newsletter and get your complimentary copy of the e-book Firefly Magic: Heart Powered Marketing for Highly Sensitive Writers.

I believe it can be harder for individuals who are dominant in feminine energy to compose transgressive fiction due to the fact that so much of our work does expose the human body– and most of the time our particular human body– in this method. Characters in transgressive fiction written from a feminine point of view ARE talking about these things, and it can feel very odd to be the person whos writing it.

Although Jean Genet was a man and Im a woman, I recognize myself in him and his writing. Were both dominant in womanly energy, and so we both write transgressive fiction in a various way from the conventional masculine design.

We see this more womanly focus as it takes place in transgressive fiction in descriptions of urination and defecation (and much of the time menstruation for those authors who menstruate), and also the clunky, uncomfortable, often icky components of masturbation and sex. It can also reveal up in descriptions of body hair or body odor, flaking skin, or various other natural excretions. When I composed my very first transgressive fiction novel, Between the Shadow and Lo, it showed up in my work too, although I didnt plan it.

Among the most distinctive recognizing characteristics of transgressive fiction pertains to how it deals with descriptions of the human body, specifically the procedures and functions that are not typically discussed in courteous society. In some cases this treatment is humorous and overstated, as holds true with much of Chuck Palahniuks work, and sometimes its chillingly accurate and sensible, just like Bret Easton Ellis. In any case, its generally just plain gross. The determination of the author to evaluate the readers limits by being what I would call “exceptionally revolting” is how you can inform that the writer is actively checking out the area of the transgressive. In other words, it doesnt occur by accident.

When people who are more dominant in feminine energy write transgressive fiction, the focus shifts far from violence done to the human body in the external world, to an inward assessment, acceptance, and pleasure of the weird and horrible aspects of the body, or 2 bodies collaborated. This thrills me on a deep level. I am somebody who is dominant in womanly energy and Im a very internal person. Im an emotionally-centered introvert. Im absorbed in examining whats going on in my closest relationships if Im not absorbed in examining whats going on in my own self.

I dont believe its any coincidence that, out of all the transgressive fiction authors Ive ever read, my most loved idol of all time is Jean Genet. Violent, stunning, manly characters populate his work at every turn, the main focus is constantly internal, on his own body and a deep examination of his connection with the males that he likes, why he enjoys them even when he shouldnt (because theyre generally killers and wrongdoers), and how their bodies join together in the act of this love, with all the explicit, true information of the sensations and colors and smells that come along with that.

If you are a person who is dominant in feminine energy and also writing transgressive fiction, take heart. Your revolting descriptions of your life and your body (or your characters lives and bodies) are precisely what they should be, and there are readers out there who are going to snicker and laugh and sigh and keep turning pages since they want exactly what you need to use as a writer. Yes, you are a totally horrible weirdo, but youre part of a greater movement of absolutely horrible weirdos. The finest thing you can do is be your absolutely horrible weird self.

Various pressures of transgressive fiction try out how to ignite the greatest level of recoil in the reader in different ways. Transgressive fiction that falls under the genre of crime/thriller/suspense will usually information the gory reality of what it takes to dispose and dismember of a human body, while transgressive fiction that is more experimental or fantastical may explain murder or massacre with brilliant appeal, painting it as a creative scene. What I have discovered however, is that most transgressive fiction explores the theme of violence when the author starts to try out the power of repulsion and what it can do to a brave reader.

Many transgressive fiction, it should likewise be kept in mind, is written by guys.

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One of the most unique identifying characteristics of transgressive fiction has to do with how it deals with descriptions of the human body, specifically the processes and functions that are not typically discussed in courteous society. Transgressive fiction that falls into the genre of crime/thriller/suspense will most typically information the gory reality of what it takes to dismember and dispose of a human body, while transgressive fiction that is more experimental or fantastical may explain murder or massacre with brilliant appeal, painting it as a creative scene. When individuals who are more dominant in womanly energy compose transgressive fiction, the focus shifts away from violence done to the human body in the external world, to an inward assessment, approval, and enjoyment of the disgusting and odd elements of the human body, or two human bodies joined together. I believe it can be harder for individuals who are dominant in womanly energy to compose transgressive fiction since so much of our work does expose the human body– and most of the time our specific human body– in this method. Characters in transgressive fiction written from a feminine point of view ARE talking about these things, and it can feel extremely odd to be the person whos composing it.

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