September 24th, 2012

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Writing Excuses 7.38: Writing Love Scenes

Writing Excuses 7.38: Writing Love Scenes

From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/09/16/writing-excuses-7-38-writing-love-scenes/

Key points: Ask "does it show character, move the story forward, and entertain the reader" to decide whether or not to include a love scene or sex scene. Let the characters drive the language and the action, and select details. Start writing, and expect to cut some warm-up words. Teasing the reader in foreshadowing, and using specific objects, are both good practices.
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[Brandon] Do you have a writing prompt you can give to our listeners?
[Shanna] Sure. I totally do. Okay. So one of the things that often happens with my beginning erotica writers, is they start writing all this tension and then when the sex scene comes, the characters go different ways. Like, because it's the same as when you start writing conflict, and the conflict arrives, and you push the characters out of the room. So I say, put your characters in a place they can't escape… This is an elevator, a hot tub, I don't care where… And then keep them there. As long as you can, using all of the five senses, don't let them out of that little tiny space.
[Brandon] All right. This has been Writing Excuses. You're out of excuses, now go write. Thank you very much.
[Shanna] Thanks for having me.
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