This is one subject which always baffles me. How much detail do I need to write about my character’s intimate lives in?
Having read the article above, I realised that I fall on the prim side of the sex scene bandwagon. In fact, one of the reasons I am so comfortable writing Young Adult Fiction is that having detailed sex scenes is frowned upon for YA… it makes it easier for me personally.
This doesn’t say anything about my personal life by the way… no matter what the reader / critic might think. The reason that I have trouble with them is that…
…I find writing sex scenes difficult. How much detail do I go into? What language do I use? If I use the medical terms, it sounds too dry; if I use erotica phrasing , I can’t write for laughing and if I try to use the kind of language that appears in soft porn magazines, it comes out stilted and useless.
I’ve attempted to write erotica. I hit all the wrong buttons every single time.
I’ve tried very hard in The Tower and The Eye (it might be sword and sorcery, but the characters demanded intimacy!) series to write any scenes like that in a tastefully raunchy fashion… I’m not sure if I managed it, but I’m sure I’ll get told if it doesn’t work – that’s what 1 & 2 star reviews are for after all!
It’s a sad fact that I’m more comfortable with battle and horror scenes than I am with the sex scenes. *sighs*
What about you? What are your thoughts on this subject? Comment below and maybe I’ll feel better about it!