U is for Undressing

20130210-230657 Now I know the title will have had a few eyebrows going up but I am not talking about what happens once the clothes come off I am indeed talking about the actual act of stripping.  The problem is that in most cases the actual act of removing clothing from characters is an inconvenience rather than seductive.

My novel is a dark medieval fantasy, lots of raping and pillaging and in one way that solves the problem the bad guy simply takes out his knife and cuts the clothing away.  The problem comes with other characters, it is easy to lose momentum when there are leather straps to be untied, armour to be removed and layers to be discarded of.  And it is not just this genre, think about bodice rippers fine if you happen to have a knife about your person but given that most women required at least one other person to help them into the corset and layers of petticoats, the idea that they could all be removed seductively is a lost cause.

I know these things do not bother the reader, they are happy to suspend disbelief to get to the good bit, skirts can just be pushed up and then thrown off a few minutes later but for the writer who has to know every detail they can be a real headache and passion killer.

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6 comments on “U is for Undressing

  1. Maybe that’s when ladies used to “go slip into something more comfortable.” These days, we ain’t got time for that – shirts and pants just get ripped off along the way to the bed, or the couch, or the kitchen table…well, you get the idea. 😉

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  2. Just think how pissed off you’d be if some guy (I’m talking about partners here) did just cut away your clothing whenever the feeling got to them… it would cost a fortune in repairs! 😉

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