As always, Friday morning hits me and I think I have a vague idea about what I’m going to write here. I’m good, and collect interesting little scraps of information that have appeared in the last fortnight. As in, we could make our own Dyson Sphere in the next 50 years in these five easy steps, or a farmer who says his herd has been killed by alien death rays or my favourite, military drones in civilian hands. And the last photo in that article. A fitting end for all household pets…? o_O
All that beautiful (ish) planning and the only thing I really have on my mind is sex.
I write erotic science fiction and fantasy romance. I have to sit at my desk and think about characters getting it on. A lot. Practically every day. Only in two recent short stories, this isn’t happening. Especially for a certain parallel world jumping heroine. I think the problem is more immediate in this wip as it’s short. I can’t run up to the smexxing with more world building and plot, character and back story.
Sexual reactions have to develop from the character (I wanted to use ‘come’ and ‘rise up’, but I didn’t. See? Grown up author ). You can’t just slap in a sex scene you wrote for another abandoned wip. It has to be tailor-made. Well, you could copy and paste, but then that scene would have to be hacked and slashed to fit, so you’d only really have the bones of Tab A into Slot B, C and D. And even then…would those be the moves that turn those particular characters on? Yes, really best to not do it.
So, what to do? I have a few block-breakers.
First is to bullet point the scene. More often than not, this will work for me. I don’t think about the niceties, it’s all about what are the motivations of the characters, what plot points have to carry through the scene? How to they like to be touched? Will it be fast, slow, interrupted? Will they talk dirty? What will the sex reveal about them and their growing relationship?
Somewhere in the slew of questions and their answers the scene starts to flow–and I have a little outline what I can go back and flesh out. Yay.
If the above results in meh I reread the wip from the beginning. Laborious, I know, but if I can’t write the sex, then I’m missing something about the characters…and that means there’s probably something missing earlier in the story too. Yes, I’m a pantster; I find about a character as it’s written.
And if the above fails? I make tea, open something suitably smutty and get inspired. Or at the minute, I play with this:
So, authors, how do you tackle a sex scene? And readers, what’s been your fave?
Kim – who has to go and write some smexxing now…
Kim Knox brews sex, magic, darkness and technology in a little corner of North West England. She writes erotic science fiction and fantasy romance for Carina Press, Ellora’s Cave, Samhain Publishing, Cleis Press and others.
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