So much sex in books these days. Everybody’s just sexin’ it up (including us)! None of those ladies in the 1920’s, working day and night for women’s rights, could possibly have known that we’d get to this liberating day.
But here we are…
With that said, we over here at Salty Gurl Books want to get in bed with writers who want to write about sex. Let’s get cozy, shall we?
A FEW RULES
- Do Your Research. This is the easy part. Just read lots and lots of books with steamy sex scenes. From here, you should be able to get a darn good idea of what to write and what not to write (and HOW not to write) a sex scene.
- Moderation is the Key. There’s nothing worse than a sex scene on every other page. Not only is it monotonous, your reader will lose their urgency to turn the pages of your sexy read. We use the 1:50 Rule. Graphic sex shouldn’t happen more than once for every 50 pages of writing in a contemporary romance. Other very sexy things can happen, but the graphic sex should be saved for special occasions. So, for 150 page book, graphic sex shouldn’t happen more than 3 times. When it happens and how it happens is also important. Think lightly seasoned and sprinkled throughout.
- Write According to Your Sub-Genre. Nothing is more shocking than thinking you’re reading a sweet romance, only to discover a quarter of the way in that you’re reading a torrid male on male BDSM novel. A tad exaggerated, but you get our drift.
- Keep Characters in Character. We’ve read many books over here at Salty Gurl where a character goes from being a shy virgin on one page to a wild, bronco buster on the next. Not true in fiction (well, maybe erotica…) or in real life.
- Keep Sex Realistic. Hey look, we all like to indulge in fantasies that are a little out there from time to time. But chances are, if in your real life you’re not having sex while doing a handstand, chained in a dungeon and being smeared with honey by three hunky brothers (hmm…starting to sound pretty good…) then it’s probably getting a little out there for your contemporary romance.
- Quit Talking and Get to It! Good Lord! Nothing is worse than characters that chatter their way nervously through sex. Takes us all right outta the moment, maybe even to the point of chucking the book at the wall in disgust!
That about covers it folk. Keep writing great sex and we’ll keep reading it.
Here’s another writers perspective on the subject: