oracne - Victoria Janssen (oracne) wrote,
oracne - Victoria Janssen

Great Sex Scenes

Sex scenes in romance novels, I feel, need to move the plot along by encompassing some sort of character change or modulation. But what else makes a sex scene a success? Clearly, it's one of those questions in which individual mileage can vary, but I'm still curious to see if anyone can make a list of what, for them, makes a Great Sex Scene.

Things I like:

At least one character with an emotional stake in the proceedings; something is needed/wanted

A character who is hiding something

Intense focus from at least one of the characters

Something new is revealed about at least one of the characters, preferably a thing that implies many other things

Economy of action: only the actions essential to the scene are described, i.e., those actions that underline the scene's emotional or thematic arc, or explicate character, or both.

What about you?
Tags: erotica, romance, writing, writing craft
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