Hello writerly friends!
Well well well. Look at that date. Since we have that funny number today, let’s talk about writing better smut.
First question, why even write sex? Why do we want to add that to our stories? Gail Carriger made a post about this a while back, and she gives several reasons why she has sex in her stories. I just want to focus on the first three:
“1. I write sexy because I believe fiction writers have a responsibility to culture. I consider it my duty to glorify different types of healthy adult sexual interaction.
2. I write sexy because violence in fiction is lauded, revered, awarded, and magnified while sensuality, pleasure, joy, and humor are not and that’s wrong.
3. I write sexy because conversation between characters about sex is hot and needs representation in fiction. Because we should all talk about desire with our lovers and learn what we want and how to articulate it.”
This really resonates with me. I use sex in my stories to show character development, to show connection. I show them having conversations, I show them having mishaps, uneasy reactions and conversations about it. I think these scenes have such a huge potential to bring characters and their place in the story forward.
I like writing smut, because it’s fun, it’s satisfying, and even want to say because it’s necessary. I want to show diverse characters, people who have problems, and still show them having good sex. I want show braveness that has nothing to do with violence but with emotional intimacy.
My advice for writing good smut:
Focus on the reaction, not on the action. You don’t have to write about what body part goes where, write about how it feels. Write how the characters react, about their connection to each other. You don’t have to describe all the details of body parts and fluids. Think of it like a dance, action and reaction, the feeling of being so close to each other. Focus on the intimacy, not on the mechanics.
Here are some links with more advice:
Originally posted on tumblr: https://the-wip-project.tumblr.com/post/682888923750514688/day-6990