So some time ago, I had a commission piece requested that was … difficult. It was not difficult to write. I have been very fortunate that all of my clients, without exception, have been respectful of my limits as an author, even one of BDSM erotica.
I found the piece enjoyable to explore and write, but when it was finished, I realized that it was far darker than my normal stories. I’m not afraid of dark undertones, or dark themes, however the story lacks – light. I found that what worked as a commission piece – rather well, my client loved it – did not yet work for publication. To sit along side my other stories, it was missing something.
I’ve been battling with the story ever since then. I like it and I want to publish it, but how? What would I be able to do with the story that would keep it both true to its original fantasy and still something that made sense along my other stories.
As I was working on formatting the work I am publishing today, it hit me.
I finally understood what I had missed in the original story. I had missed my chance to understand the psychological aspect of what was happening.
And it all boils down to one thing: Fear.
So, gentle reader, a question for you.
What happens to us in BDSM when we allow fear to become our Dominant?