This blog is about sex.
Yep. So if you don’t like sex, well, I don’t even know what to say. Besides that, you’ve obviously stumbled upon this blog by accident, because I write about sex. Every one of my books. They aren’t erotica, but they should put a little heat in your cheeks (and another place further south) as you read, maybe cause you to eye your partner like he/she is a tempting cut of steak.
Today, I’m going to talk about writing sex. No, it’s not a tutorial. As much as I like to write and talk about it, I’m not qualified to be a teacher. My best advice would be to close your eyes and envision it … then write down exactly what you see in your head. Every detail. And if you need to take a minute to, well, take a breather, I also suggest you keep going. Wait until after you’ve finished the scene. Because that scene will be so much hotter if you write it while you are … um … squirming? Uncomfortably warm? Turned on? Yeah, that.
Okay, wait, I didn’t mean to start doling out advice. I want to talk about my own sex scenes, and why I write the ones I do.
True confession: I love the idea of sex in the shower.
I say the idea, because if you’ve ever done it in a normal-sized shower, with normal-sized people (even just two of you), well, you know what the term awkward means. Still, the idea is so, well, hot. And so my characters have sex in the shower. A lot. Probably, every book I’ve ever written has at least one sex scene that involves the shower or bathtub. Hmm … I wonder if that’s really true? I’ve published fourteen books to date. I wonder if every single one really does contain a shower sex scene?
I can’t decide if I’m embarrassed or proud.
I also love the idea of sex standing up. You know what I’m talking about: Six Pack Abs holding your thighs, pressing your back against the wall, while he presses something else against your G spot … Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about.
Sex standing up, usually using a wall for support, is another one of my all time favorites, although it may not actually be in every book I’ve ever written. In the first book in The Resort series, this is how Carter and Allison have sex for the first time. In the troughs of passion, he even whispers, “Do you want to go to the bedroom?” And she replies, “No, I can’t wait any longer. Do me now.” (That was paraphrasing, but you get the gist.)
In Candy Crush, Brandon and Gabriella do it in the laundry room, with her seated on the dryer. Carter and Allison from The Resort do it standing up a lot. Of course, they have sex over the course of five books, so that’s to be expected. Tanner and Olivia from Into the Light do it against the wall of a cliff, next to the beach. Jake and Natalie from Love Gumbo … well, that’s a short, so there are only two sex scenes, and naturally, one of them is in the shower. Maybe that needs to be my signature “thing.” Or maybe I need to get more creative with the steamy moments in my books.
I admit, when I’m writing sex scenes, I tend to take my characters out of the bedroom. I don’t know why. I guess I figure that we all do it in the bedroom. That’s real life. And these books, well, they aren’t, are they? I mean, we all wish they were, but … So when I’m warming up to a new scene, in my head, I’m wondering, where would my readers like to have sex? What will keep them turning pages, panting for more?
Maybe I need to try writing erotica.
Seriously though, it’s the readers I think about, when I’m writing those scenes. Not myself. (“Honey, I have this idea for my next book, wanna try it out with me…?”) Nope. It’s all about that person who will hopefully pick up my book and be so entranced that they cannot put it down again until the end. And then when they do, they turn to their partner and say, “Honey, I just read this book with some great sex scenes. Wanna try them out with me?”
Yep. That’s me. Dr. Tami. Adding spice to my readers’ sex lives. Mostly in the shower and up against walls.
Anyone for levitation sex?
PS – I also blog over at the Writing Wenches website, once a month. This post is a slight modification of one I initially published over there. Here’s the rest of them, if you’re interested: Tami’s Writing Wenches Posts