SEX! my almost-adolescent brain shouted at me. (I am assured this is entirely normal.) Sex sex sex SEX SEX SEXSEXSEX–
Though it is hard to discern the particular nuance my brain was getting at through mere text, rest assured my brain merely wanted to know… just what the hell is sex?
That was eighteen years ago. Now I am an experienced woman who has managed to successfully procreate as well as publish two stories predominately concerned with the exact subject of SEX, and I must confess: Sometimes, I’m still figuring some of it out.
Okay, not exactly. I know what happens. I’ve done many things a number of times. I am what one would call “Technically Proficient” in boinking. (Note to self: This should be real certification.) What I’m still figuring out is what, exactly, makes a good written erotic scene? Technically Proficient doesn’t cut it in erotica. Insert tab A into slot B? Boring, everyone knows that! There’s more to it, clearly, but that’s where I start getting fuzzy.
Obviously I think I write pretty decent erotic scenes, but I’m not sure why they’re good – all I know is that they are good for me, but therein lies the pitfall. Writing sex is all fun and games until one misplaced instance of the phrase “womb ferret” lands your lovingly crafted prose on WeepingCock. So what, exactly, separates the scorching book with suspiciously sticky pages from the winners of the Bad Sex awards?
Admittedly, for me there are certain scenarios or moves that always mash my kink buttons and tickle my id and I will endure almost any amount of bad sex scenes to read them. (Priests, or someone pretending to be a priest, gets me every time. Show me an erotic story involving a conflicted man of the cloth and I will buy that book so hard. I blame Colleen McCullough.) But my kinks are not the kinks of others, so I’m still trying to decipher what makes a scorching hot love scene between one or more people.
Is it the emotion? The descriptions of smell, sound, sight, touch or taste? Do your favorite love scenes involve more detail or less? Is there a word, or an uttered scentence, or a particular sexual trick that will make you close the book and never look back? (Personally, the description of buttocks or breasts as “globes” will make me shut a book and curse its line for all eternity.) When you get hot and bothered, is the erotic scene slow? Or fast? Or does it depend entirely upon the book you are reading and the personalities of the characters?
Inquiring minds want to know! For myself, I like my scenes to be realistic. A little awkward, even. But I also love lots of anticipation in my erotic scenes. I like to have the characters flirting with the deed and begging for it by the time the clothes come off. I love it so much I managed to make anticipation practically a requirement of the plot of my first EC release, Stairway to Heaven, a steamy ghost story. Comment on this post and tell me what you really love in an erotic scene, and I’ll randomly choose one commenter to recieve a free copy of Stairway. I’m really curious as to what you all have to say.