Writing the Sexy Stuff
I sent off a copy of my latest WIP to a new critique partner and had to add the note – I write the sex scenes last so they aren’t included.
I don’t know if this odd for a romance writer or not because I’ve never asked.
So I’m asking – do you write sex scenes in the story as it unfolds?
For me, I visualize where they happen and make a note of the tone of the scene. (You know whether Gorilla Love by Bruno Mars is playing in the background or For the Good Times by Al Green.)
Once I’m satisfied with the story as a whole, I go back and write the actual sexy stuff.
Rarely do my critique partners ever read these scenes. I leave this for the editor to tell me if arms and legs and the important parts are in the right place.
But before that happens, I have to be in the mood.
- Quiet- The writing music is off. The family is asleep.
- Chilled Glass(es) of Wine: Preferably a Chilean Pinot Grigio
- Burning Candle: My new favorite scent courtesy of my mother-in-law is cinnamon pecan.
Then after a few agonizing hours, the scenes are written. Voilà!
I’d like to know from both sides-
Readers, how do you think your favorite authors do it?
Writers, what’s the real deal?