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The Disclaimer (think Jello Biafra or John Mayer's voice reading these lines): Today's post contains some semi-frank talk about sexual situations et. al. and very little in the way of inappropriate language. If this kind of thing makes you feel a tiny bit woozy or more probably, slightly uncomfortable, please don't click on the "read more" link. Instead, click on the Tumblr post up yonder.
As you've probably surmised from the bulky post title (because I have faith in my super-smart and highly intelligent readers) as well as the disclaimer (when was the last time I dug that out?), today's post is about sex. Or rather, writing about sex (yes, those who can, do. those who can't, write).
For me, it's becoming less trickier but slightly more challenging writing sexual situations in stories. Now I'm sure you're wondering just how something can be less trickier and more challenging at the same time. Well, let me elaborate just a little bit on this thought.
Less trickier in that I now know when I can/should write a sexual situation into a given scene. I don't just throw one it to break up the monotony of the day or because I'm stuck so hey, let's have the two MC's do the bedroom bop for a page or two until I can come up with something better. While that may work if I was writing an adult movie screenplay (sure I can), and the dialogue/plot is seriously secondary to the various bedroom bops happening in the house/pool/yard, it does not work for a good story.
It also means that I'm starting to get the hang of writing the sexual situation based on the emotional interplay at that particular juncture of the story. In other words, if the two MC's are getting ready to go on their honeymoon, they may have some verbal/physical interplay that may or may not escalate to the point of doing a bop. So I tailor my writing accordingly (Ya'll got a good imagination, so I'm not going to elaborate in minute details).
In regards to more challenging, there is a fine line between writing a good sexual situation and writing hardcore. For those who have been reading my ramblings for years, you know that this has been an issue I've struggled with from time to time. Many has been the time where I would get on a roll writing a scene and a hour later I would wind up with something extremely hardcore as well as improbable.
Even though I can still write hardcore, it's always tempered with a series of questions that start with: "can this be comfortably done in the real world?" Which means that whenever I'm writing a softcore-to-hardcore scene, I'm always applying that question to the scene. Does it work in the real world? Does it make sense? And in the case of me, where my fascination with fantasy is somewhat full blown, does it make sense with the characters I'm using? If it doesn't, then I re-write it so that it sounds/feels more probable/plausible.
I'm sure you're wondering as to why I'm touching upon this particular topic again, especially after such a long hiatus. Well, over the weekend, I did my usual chipping away at my W.i.P., and one the scenes I wrote contained a very plausible sexual scene. The entire scene (taking place inside a car) from beginning to end lasted about 1 1/4 pages, but a particular hardcore instance contained within lasted about three medium length paragraphs. It took me the better part of two hours to write it, simply because those aforementioned questions tempered what I wanted to write.
Afterwards, it got me to thinking and since I needed something to blog about, it just made sense for me to talk about it out loud. Plus, since a lot people still don't quite know what makes me tick as a writer, what better way in enlighten everyone than to talk sensibly about a three letter word that makes people, to varying degrees, uncomfortable.
So, a good question to everyone would be this: how do you feel (if you're a writer) writing about sex? If you're a reader, how do you feel about reading about it?
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