Last time I had a few tips for getting your sex scene up to snuff. I should mention that these tips aren’t in any particular order, and not just because I’m a lazy blogger who doesn’t really care to think about what order my tips come in. Mostly it’s that you should be thinking about all of them before, during, and after writing.
Now, your first two tips were…
#1 Love is a Battlefield
#2 Have a Point Besides the Prick
In which I mentioned that writing sex is like writing a fight (I could have also named it ‘All’s fair in Love and War’ but I actually kinda like that song) and that you should usually write sex for a reason.
But say, what if you have a reason, but you’re not sure you can pull it off? Well, then, I will contradict myself slightly.
#3 Practice Makes Perfect
After that first scene (which is lost in the archives of the internet… thank heavens) I stopped writing sex. And thus I never really improved until I joined one of the RP forums which I’ve talked about.
Now, RP is great for regular writing, but sometimes it can get a touch awkward when you’re cross playing someone of the opposite sex who winds up in bed with someone, who is played by someone who is the same sex as you. (have some convolution, Batman.) Heck, RPing sex with someone you aren’t involved with at all, no matter how actually needed it is in whatever plot you’re working on, can get majorly awks, period.
Now, it’s not that RPing sex (it’s not quite the same as cybering, guys, though they’re very similar) isn’t helpful; in fact, if you’re looking to work on your erotica, grab your significant other and give it a try. Hell, you do it in real life, trying it in writing can only be a good thing, right?
But maybe you have no comfortable writing partner or SO. No prob. Going it on your own is a great learning experience as well, but since you want to work on your sex writing, write sex. You can get your foreplay on, make up a reason or two, and have at it, but just do it.
As I mentioned in the last post, I lost a bet. Yeah, it was silly, but I wouldn’t have offered that particular bet if I hadn’t wanted to have an excuse to work on my smut anyway. That facet of my writing was weak, I wanted a touch of hilarity, he wanted a lemon. Everybody won. So go out, make a bet, make a resolution, roll the dice and hit it off. Practice your smut, and be joyful.
#4 A Sex Scene is Still a Scene
Here is a loose definition of a scene. It is a bit of text that can be anywhere from a few sentences to a few pages. It has a beginning, rising action, climax, and falling action.
Unless you are intentionally coming into the middle of a sex scene, give it all the attention it deserves. Make sure it has a firm beginning and rising action. Answer the questions. Foreplay? Yes – fabulous beginning, hooray for your characters getting some sexy time. No? Why not? Do they not have time? Rising actions: is this a good thing or a bad thing? Are they hot, or is this a total dud and they’re regretting whatever made them go home with this person anyway?
The climax doesn’t have to be a climax, guys, but it absolutely needs to be there. Hell, you don’t have to mention a climax, but you sure as hell better punch the climax, or your readers are going to be like “Er, that was great, and I need a cigarette, but..why?” For instance, you can totally pass over the climax of the man, but when he realizes “Oh shit. I’m in love with this chick” we’d better hear it loud and clear.
But then again, maybe you want to be nice to your characters, and throw them a bone. Ha. Haha.
We’ll round out with that for today, and be back later with another few tips. We’re still only on #4 out of 10!