My biggest nemesis – the love scene. I interrupted my progress this week, working myself into a snit about it. The way my story is written, the scenes have to be hot and passionate; expressing the love between two strong, independent people. The problem? I’m not that into sex.
Let me clarify – I’m not that into writing sex scenes. I’m referring to the ones having all the body parts exposed and labeled; with intimate details of the act. Other authors are into it, and do it very well. Knowing that I’m not one of them, I didn’t know what the hell I was going to do. I re-read scenes in the existing manuscript where the characters move from the action climax, through the romantic buildup to the romantic climax.
Awk-ward. Now what? I’m doomed!
A twitter conversation with a writer friend helped the light bulb go off in my head. Thank you, Kathryn Magendie! She’s katmagendie on twitter. With her help, I was able to figure out my new rule. It’s very simple: If I’m too embarrassed to read it aloud, then I need to rewrite it. Period. I have to find the balance that works for me and my style of writing. I’m sure it can be better, but here is the first attempt using my new rule…
Battle weary survivors; their eyes meet, their hearts touch. Each finding solace in the other’s embrace. Comfort gives way to desire, a more intimate heat starts to rise. She reverberates with his heartbeat; her every breath filled with his scent. She raises her head from his chest, her lips searching for the first taste of him. Wrapped tightly around her, aroused by the sensation of skin touching skin; he lowers his head and presses his lips to hers. The heat rages. Burning, intensifying, fueling their caresses. They yield one to the other, their bodies erupting in waves of unbearably exquisite rhythms. Gradually their breathing slows, their movements quiet. Sated, they drift, cradled in each others arms.
#ROW80 update, 01/30/2011:
- Goal 1: My progress on the outline ground to a halt this week. I questioned my ability to write scenes with sexual tension and more intimate encounters. I took this week to figure out how to write the scenes I need to write, resulting in this post. Needless to say, I’m not going to finish the outline in January as I had planned, but I’m not unsatisfied with my progress.
- Goal 2: Held to my goal of three hours per day for the first three days of the week. The next three days I wrote very little, but got back on track last night. I found that I’m able to outline the love scenes far more easily now. I understand my style.
- Goal 3 -Still posting!
Hope your week was better!