Looks like I've reached the first love scene in Masks. This is where I could lose a huge percentage of my audience if I'm not careful, although this is the era of Brokeback Mountain. At the risk of alienating a bunch of people, I wasn't impressed with Brokeback Mountain. I admired its daring, and I loved the opening scenes, but as it progressed it lost a lot of power, and the ending was weak. They certainly captured that first blush of "ooo aahhh" when two people are mutually attracted but too chicken to do anything about it. I liked that a lot, and I thought it was brilliant. The plot structure lacked a lot of luster and dynamic, though. I was left feeling with the sense that it won a bunch of awards simply because it existed, not because it was an award-caliber film.
Anyway, moving on.
In Masks you're inside a character's head when he gets caught up in his hormonal rush, and that makes it difficult to distance yourself if you don't want to go there. My mission, and I've chosen to accept it, is to show love and lust in all its intoxicating glory to the point that hopefully the audience can forget that these are two men. Unfortunately, it may end up sounding very girly in the process unless I keep it physical, and physical writing will involve, well, parts!
Mark must remain masculine. He's effeminate and submissive, but deep down he's all man and ultimately he resents the way his height, station and life circumstances have made him behave the way he does around men. In this scene he will begin to blossom sexually for the first time, and it's going to be a rough ride (no pun intended, but I left it because it's fun.) If I flinch, I'll be cheating. I have to write this hard scene.
Wish me luck. I'll need it.