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One novel hardly makes me an expert, but I learned a few things when transitioning from the fade to black variety of sex scene to the that was so graphic I think I may have committed a crime sort. Perhaps I can offer a road map to other writers seeking to make the same transition.
There are some genres that do not lend themselves to frequent sex scenes. The ones that do are romance and erotica and their sub-variants. Since writing a good sex scene--just like anything else--gets easier with practice, the authors writing the most scenes because of genre demands are the ones getting better at it.
And if you're writing only one sex scene per book, you're not going to improve, because Sex scenes are not like anything else. The relationship between the reader and the writer is slightly different in a sex scene. The writer is trying to convey a mood and a feeling that The writer is trying to turn the reader on.
This means figuring out how to use words to establish a mood and a rhythm and a feeling that I can't really describe accurately in polite company. It's a skill that is just not really applicable to any other kind of fiction writing.
A novel also has to have the kind of authorial voice that allows for the sort of tone necessary to establish that rhythm and mood. Ironic detachment is a poor narrative choice.
The first sex scene I ever wrote was for Immortal, which was narrated in first-person by a sarcastic 60, year old man named Adam. There was no way Adam would ever be putting down a description that met the above criteria, which is why he and I didn't even try. Instead, there's a paragraph-long discussion in the middle of the scene in which Adam attempts to explain why breasts are fantastic.
It's funny, but definitely not sexy. My point is that sometimes the voice a writer chooses to tell the story doesn't lend itself to a decent erotic description, and it's a mistake to try.
Getting bogged down in description. When describing just about any other physical act--a fistfight, or running down the street, or whatever--it's customary to focus on exactly how bodies are moving and interacting in respect with one another. But that kind of insert-tab-A-into-slot-B, while effective in painting a mental picture of what's going on, is much too cold and dispassionate for a sex scene.
I made this mistake plenty of times in early drafts of Sapphire Blue, where I concentrated much more on whose leg was going where than on what it felt like to have his hands on her hips and her breath on his neck and so forth.
Try not to be a misogynist. There is an attractive woman trope that pops up in an awful lot of male-written fiction. I don't know where it began--pulp detective novels would be my guess--but the characteristics of this woman include: Being almost unattainably attractive b. An apparent willingness to have sex with the male protagonist, usually as a means of manipulating him c.
Being duplicitous, and either secretly evil or forced to act that way for some reason There are only two outcomes for this woman.
The attractive woman trope is startlingly resilient, popping up all over the place. Every time I see her I think what the author is saying is, "Women frighten and confuse me and I don't know how to write realistically about one.
As a male writer I want to tell the authors using this trope to talk to more actual women. Maybe they could even talk about how This can be embarrassing. I have heard it said that readers assume the author has actually performed the sex acts being described, and that this might make it more difficult for the author to write the scene.
I suppose this could be true, but if so I don't understand it.Writing in the zone, when the left and right brain shake hands and agree to write the story after they’ve elbowed me out of the way, is when the works shines, when it’s fun, not painful, and I’ve allowed the little star of the story to own her own life right there on the page.
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