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Tuesday, May 8th 2007

6:45 PM

More than just Tab A into Slot B?

Writing sex. The first thing I learned was it was much more difficult to write good sex than have good sex. For me, this part of my writing is fun, challenging and damn hard. As a reader, just having one character put tab A into another character’s slot B over and over isn’t what holds my attention. As an author though, it sure would be a heck of a lot easier to write. Even though there are a couple of options here, this one action doesn’t make a scene memorable. Writing a good sex scene takes a lot more work than that. And as an erotic romance writer, what makes a good sex scene is of course, very important to me.

I have quite a few books on my shelves that I’ve kept for the love scenes. Yes, they’re hot (most of them), yes they’re well-written, but what keeps them on my shelf is the connection I’ve made with the characters. I can pick up one of those books, flip to the sexy scenes and immediately be immersed in the emotions, feelings and sensations of their lives again. It’s the way I’ve been drawn into them and their lives and struggles that makes the love scene memorable for me. And how the sex changes their relationship, their understanding of each other or themselves. The really good scenes manage to do all of those things and are written with enough sexy detail to make me go up in flames.

So, before I can even start on the tabs and slots, I have to figure out how to make a reader care about who those tabs and slots belong to. Because if there isn’t an emotional investment, sex simply becomes a mechanical exercise that is quite easily forgettable. And those aren’t the kind of books I want to write.

Eve's Sex Writing Rule #1: Make the reader care about your character

So far, sounds easy, right?


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