March 5, 2012

Let’s talk about sex

Filed under: Uncategorized — nascentnovelist @ 8:33 pm
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Here’s a fascinating talk about whether or not you should spell out the sex scenes in your novels. Go to CBC’s The Next Chapter to listen.

Let me know what you think! Do you keep the sex scenes in, or leave it to the reader’s imagination? And what is your favorite steamy romance novel descriptor?



  1. Martine, I was really unsure on this topic until I read The Joy of Writing Sex by Elizabeth Benedict. I ended up cutting the sex scenes from my YA but having enhancing the ones in my adult manuscript. I think the scene has to be about more than “insert tab a into slot b.” You really have to reveal something about the character and make it important to the story.

    Comment by Kourtney Heintz — March 6, 2012 @ 12:36 am | Reply

    • I agree. I think the key is to write them out, and then cut afterwards. If not, it might come across as vague or inauthentic. Of course, I hardly ever write sex scenes anyway, because I don’t know how to make it not sound icky. (Sometimes I worry that my inner self is actually 6 years old.) :p

      Comment by nascentnovelist — March 6, 2012 @ 9:53 am | Reply

      • I get squeamish about writing them too. I went to a panel on writing sex into books and the panelists all said, “Don’t think about your parents or friends reading it.” But ofc you think about that. And even though it’s fiction everyone thinks it’s based on something you actually did. Especially the sex scenes.

        Comment by Kourtney Heintz — March 6, 2012 @ 10:57 am

  2. That’s what my novel was missing!

    Comment by scrivnomancer — March 6, 2012 @ 10:34 am | Reply

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