Writing Sex Scenes

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With any romance novel (or novella), there’s got to be romance! Some people who don’t read or write romance might think romance writers sit at our desks with candles aglow and massage oil on hand when writing sex scenes. Some might, and that’s cool if it works for them. Although, when it comes down to it, most writers I’ve heard talk (or seen write) about this say they tend to either skip over them leaving **insert sex scene here** or they muscle through them even if they’re not “in the mood.”

Then again, I think that goes back to the fact that writing, while fun, is work. If someone wants to get published, and stay published, they have to produce novels, and that means writing even when they’re not in the mood. There’s no waiting for the muse to strike before getting to the computer or notepad to write. And back to the topic of sex scenes!

I’ve been trying to muscle through a sex scene this week, and I have to admit, it’s been… kind of… blah. Yep, both the scene and the writing of it. I know I’m going to need to go back through it and revise it heavily. And no, I haven’t been “in the mood,” but then again, after writing a few sex scenes, it’s a little more go in, write it down, and get out.

I will concede that some sex scenes still are fun, especially when they’re in a new and crazy place. Or maybe the characters are totally out there. Or maybe I’m just really into the writing that day, but on average, they’re another scene that needs to get down on the page for revising for me. But! Sexual tension, that’s another beast altogether. I love that.

So what do you think? Do you enjoy writing sex scenes? Why or why not? What are your ways of dealing with them?

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