Saturday, August 20, 2011

Bring On the Sexy

Everyone has different things that they consider to be sexy. Some people are attracted to particular body parts, some of us get all hot and bothered for personality types, while others are into spicing things up with sexy role play.

As an erotic romance author, I see it as my job to incorporate as many different "sexy" elements into my stories as possible. While all things won't work for all people, if executed well, your readers will still be drawn to your characters reactions, and might even discover a few previously undiscovered kinks. :)

When trying to write what I consider a successful sex scene, the key is making sure for every physical action the character experiences, there is an equal emotional reaction. For example, if your hero and heroine (or hero and hero, or heroine and heroine)make love for the first time, the reader needs to see their internal reactions to those events.

Is the heroine shy about her body? If so, how does she react when the hero calls her beautiful the first time he sees her naked? How does he feel when she asks him to go down on her? Those glimpses of character insight not only enhance the sex scene, it gives us a greater view into your character.

In addition, these internal thoughts let you expand on what your characters view as "sexy". You can expand on those ideas with each consecutive love scene, which will also lead you to having a more powerful black moment. You'll have exposed their greatest fears when they are at their most vulnerable, making the issues they face to feel even bigger to the reader, who will be more emotionally invested.

Try it out! Play around with threading the action-response through each love scene in your book to get the most emotional punch from your characters, making them even sexier to your readers.

Christine d’Abo loves writing in the worlds of sci-fi, BDSM and romance. By combining the elements of those genres into tales of adventure and love, Christine creates the types of stories she loves to read. Christine is currently published with Ellora’s Cave, Samhain Publishing, Cleis Press, Carina Press and Berkly Heat. You can learn more about her at www.christinedabo.com.


Tina Donahue said...

Wonderful post, Christine - very insightful and true since the biggest sex organ of all is the brain. :)

Brenda Hyde said...

Cool advice--- I wrote my first sex scene a few weeks ago, and I ended up pretty happy with it. I'll have to apply your advice to my WIP:)

I love the cover of your book!

jean hart stewart said...

Good advice. Sex scenes get easier for me the more I write them. Used to dread them but now enjoy them. Wish you'd posted and excerpt..Jean

Christine d'Abo said...

Way to go Brenda!! Writing sex can be intimidating to be sure. Still, I will hesitate before I start pounding away at the keyboard. You always want to do right by your characters. :)

And thank you! I'm so in love with that cover, I can't begin to describe my feelings. :)

Christine d'Abo said...

Thank you, Tina! The brain will always be sexy. :)

Christine d'Abo said...

Jean, they do for me as well. The challenge will soon become needing to keep the sex scenes different and fresh.

I didn't even think to post an excerpt this month! *head-desk*. I'll be doing a big promo next month though, so brace yourself. :)

Fiona McGier said...

The second largest sex organ is skin...so touch is so important!

Great post, good advice. Looking forward to the barrage for your next book!