I spent last Saturday afternoon learning how to write steamy (or steamier) love scenes. My monthly Romance Writers' of America group, CRWA, had guest speaker, bestselling erotic romance writer, Lacey Thorn give us tips on how to write a love scene.
What opened my eyes during the presentation is that one can never learn too much when it comes to this topic. I've read (and have also written) many love scenes, but Lacey showed us that there is always something new to learn. For instance, love scenes are a perfect point to fit into the story the characters vulnerabilities and show their emotional sides. Depending on the book genre, emotions can by held back by each character as they learn to trust and to love one another, but the love scene is a place for letting go. Also, word choice doesn't necessarily make the scene erotic or less erotic. It's how the author paints the picture of what is happening physically as well as mentally and emotionally to the reader.
Lacey read us some excerpts of her novels. Whoaaaa... ***fans face***
If you like steamy romance, you might want to check out some of her books. :)
So, Saturday was a nice reprieve because my reality before leaning about and listening to some hot hot erotic romance was sleep deprivation and worry over my sick toddler. My poor little tyke hadn't been feeling good last week and only wanted Mommy for comfort. It's nice to be needed, but at the same time I was a little stir crazy being in the house with a sick child for several days. I needed to get out of the house for a few hours while Daddy made baby boy laugh.
Steamy love scenes helped me to feel better.
And my sweat pea is feeling better, too! It's hard being a toddler.
I better get back to work on my next love scene ;)