Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Writing love scenes…


This is Chicki. Chicki loves reading and writing romance. Chicki hates writing love scenes…


For the past three days, I’ve been working on the first love scene in I Want You Back, Book 5 in my Stafford Brothers series. Nick and Cherilyn have been apart for nearly a year. They have recently reunited and Cherilyn has issued an ultimatum – no sex until the honeymoon. Without giving any spoilers, I’ll just say that things are tense between them, so when I finally started writing this scene, it was really difficult. In fact, I think I'm writing this right now to avoid finishing it. To use a well-worn cliche, for me it's like...

                                                    
I find it hard to write love scenes that flow to begin with, and usually I have to run them by some of my sisterscribes to see if they sound too clinical, too raunchy, too boring, too rushed, etc, etc., etc.


In the past, I've done all the things that are supposed to help, i.e., using memories, lighting candles and playing sexy music, watching porn (one of the worst ideas ever), and I don't have time for that nonsense. The book is already late...

I think part of my problem is because I’ve read to many fabulous love scenes written by my favorite authors, that I go in feeling defeated (no pun intended). Not a good look for a writer.



Well, yesterday, I finished Cher’s part of the scene in her point of view and sent the chapter to my beta reader. Thankfully, she had no negative comments! The next chapter continues the love scene in Nick’s point of view. That’s what I’m doing today. And tomorrow. And…


What do you romance writers out there do when you write love scenes. Keep it clean, folks. LOL!

7 comments:

Joy Avery said...

I have to be in my zone to write a love scene. Tender love songs can normally put me there. I enjoy writing love scenes, but it usually takes me a span of four days. I really need to feel the emotion coming through. Especially if it's their first time.

Chicki Brown said...

Joy, I'm so glad to know I'm not the only one that takes days to get it right! That makes me feel so much better. Thanks for stopping by. :)

J.L. Campbell said...

I've stopped writing red-hot love scenes, but if you as the writer aren't feeling it, then the reader won't either. Usually, I have to be that character to get the sensual side of things right.

Nia Forrester said...

I have a love-hate relationship with writing love scenes. My 4 personal rules are:
1. Does the scene tell us something about the characters? What they do, how they do it, who dominates, what they say during should ALL add to rounding out my characters.
2. Does the scene tell us something about the story/plot? Why are they doing it then? What are the emotions at work? What's motivating them besides passion (though that can be the point, but for me at least, never the ONLY point of the scene)
3. Is it HOT? No point writing sex scenes unless it makes people a little hot and bothered, in my opinion.
4. Is it vivid without being vulgar? (I find vulgar sex to be the opposite of hot, so this one is personal taste. I avoid cliched names for sexual organs, for instance unless it would be an ESSENTIAL part of how the characters speak to each other. I wouldn't use the p--y of c--k words in my narrative voice.)

Chicki Brown said...

Really, JL? Are you writing inspirational stories or just sweet romance?

Thank you, Nia. I'll definitely keep your tips in mind when I go over this scene, because you write the best love scenes ever!

Chelle Ramsey said...

I love Nia's comments and will definitely keep those in mind. Chicki, I'm like you those are not my favorite scenes to write most of the time. However, I think you do a great job when it finally gets into our hands. I've heard you express this sentiment on a few occasions, but it does not show in your writing. Go in confidently and conquer, girlfriend!

Chicki Brown said...

Chelle, I appreciate you saying that. Some people think when an authors says writing love scenes is not her favorite, they think she is a prude. That's not the issue. Writing believable love scenes that don't seems forced is HARD. You can be sure I won't put it out there until I'm sure it reads well. :)