brni (brni) wrote,

Bad Sex: Part 4

This is part 4 of a 5-part series on writing sex. If you haven't seen the earlier bits, you might want to consider taking a look.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 5

Okay, in part 1, we covered bad sex in writing, some of the causes of bad sex, and the need for writers to set out and write explicitly erotic stories in order to learn how to write intimacy. In part 2, we talked about shame, pseudonyms, and trying to figure out what one needs to be free to write what is needed. In part 3 we talked about what you need to bring the reader along for the ride.

Part 4 is all questions and no answers.

Which is all as it should be, because everyone should answer these questions in their own way. Or perhaps there is no answer, there's only the act of questioning, and merely posing the question to yourself will give you enough to be successful.

So here goes.

  • If you're writing your kink, are you talking only to people who share your kink, or have you written in a way that brings readers who don't share your kink along for the ride? (I've seen it said one should never write one's own kink. I don't necessarily agree with that, but you do need to be aware of what you're doing, and whether you're intending to write for that group, or more universally.)

  • If you're writing a kink that isn't yours, are you:

    • writing in a way that is respectful of those who are into this stuff, and not a caricature?
    • writing accurately and honestly?

  • Does your scene make sense for your characters?

  • Does the scene work in the context of your story? (I, for one, can't abide stories that exist only as an excuse for a sex scene. Others may differ on this.)

  • What do you reveal in the context of the narrative, and of the sex scene?

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