Got your attention, right? I recently participated in a playful email exchange with a friend and he commented that as a writer I knew how to hit the right spots.
Oh, I wish that were true. Writing sex scenes is not my forte. The one scene I wrote for the first novel was way over the top. Almost porn. I managed to tone it down, but I was still embarrassed by it.
I realized early this week I need to add a little spice to my character’s sex lives. Writing a sex scene will be a challenge because in a way it feels a little voyeuristic and at the same time a little too personal to share the sexual exploits of your characters.
Although sex doesn’t have a huge role in Julius, the two main characters are attractive, healthy, relatively young, they’re in a relationship so it would make a sense to throw in a love scene or two that isn’t gratuitous, but fleshes them out as people.
An evocative sex scene is tough to create and it can go from bad to worse very quickly. Writers fall into the use of uninteresting and overused cliques or inappropriate and mismatched names for body parts that verge either on the ridiculous or the offensive.
Tantalize, provoke, and tease your reader utilizing short sentences, break the flow of your prose not only with the words you use, but with its structure. Just in the way your characters may be short breathed in a specific moment, reflect this with your writing. Be suggestive rather than descriptive through the use of metaphors, simile, and imagery founded on your characters psyche.
Hmm, I think my two characters are going to have some fun (and me writing it).
And on the note, time to make Julius a little sexy!