Write it right: sex

The second level, I’ll call racy, is the beginnings of hardness. A little tease, a little arousal, lead into the actions and don’t skip to the next morning. This middle of the road is accomplished with little effort. I suggest you get into it but keep away from guttural terms like cock and pussy: “With his manhood completely ready, he entered her, feeling heady from the scent of her desires, and felt himself slip away to euphoria. She pulled him to further exertions, drawing him into her, matching his rhythm.” This is probably best known as teasing.

The third level, steamy, you can just reiterate what you did last night—unless you’re a pathetic loser who can’t get laid. In that case I suggest you focus more on your social life than writing a novel. At this level, you can use all the words and actions to your heart’s desire. Throbbing, pulsing, pounding, moist, quivering, coming--these are the tools of the erotic lover—and author. And if you don’t raise a bead of sweat on the brow of the reader, you’re doing something wrong:  "The wanton slut pulled her shirt back, ripping all the buttons to the floor, and got on her knees in front of him.  She salivated, getting ready for the taste of his juices that she could already smell."

Erotica is probably one of the quickest growing genres in writing as it has crossed over to almost every other facet of the American novel. I suspect this is mostly because of the romance novels coming up with interesting and varied plots of their own (i.e. A romance between a cop on a case and the woman who is the prime suspect). The genres blend. Now you can read sex in a sci-fi or murder mystery.

And do you know why? Because everybody (except that pathetic loser) is having sex. It’s a natural part of life. A novelist must create a reality that mimics real life. Therefore, the inclusion of such “adult” situations is more commonplace than ever. Even highbrow literature has included many sexual situations. See the works of Robert Olen Butler, a Pulitzer Prize winner.

Of late, a newer level of steam has been added, although it is hardly anymore X Rated, only more deviant. I’m talking about stories including swinging, anal sex, bondage and torture, same-sex relationships, sex and violence...  A few whips and chains (or a new body piercing) never hurt anybody, right?  Obviously, write what you know and what you’re comfortable with. But the most important factor to consider is the venue you’ve targeted. There are so many new publishing houses that are looking for splatter, deviant sex, erotic horror, etc.

Just make sure you know who you’re writing for. Harlequin has many levels of novel and you just have to find the one that’s right for you. To my knowledge, they don’t do horror. But so many others do. If you want to write these things, just do a quick search. You may be surprised at what you find.

As always, remember to have a great story and a firm grasp of the English language and the rules for proper grammar. I also recommend a professional editor. You cannot believe what simple and obvious mistakes people have missed. If you don’t know any qualified editors, contact Dona Lee at [email protected] She’s one of the better local editors I’ve been privileged to work with. Or contact me and I’ll try and help.  Don't use your grandmother unless she's an English teacher.

Best of luck and remember the AIC rule. Ass In Chair. Get typing or it will never be finished.

So you’ve decided to write a novel and you come to the question of sex. I’ve discussed how I feel about writing young adult, but what about everything else? Sex and romance come in all shapes and sizes…and genres. You don’t have to be writing for Harlequin to include some steamy scenes in your prose.

While these scenes may come in many forms, there are basically three levels of hotness. The first, I’ll call tame, is the PG Rated romance. There can be hugging, heavy breathing, clothes slipping to the floor, the scent of flowers, tangled in a weave of lovemaking, and reaching for Heaven. You most definitely cannot use any of the “adult” terms for actions or body parts. This is often acceptable for young adult when you want some sex in it.

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