Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wednesday’s Classroom

Last week I told you I would be adding a free class to my lineup of fantastic blogs. I remain true to my word. Here is the agenda for the class which will be held over the next nine weeks. We will be doing a unit every week for the next nine weeks. They will go along with this agenda and the only thing I would like from you is participate. Just comment on the class and participate by doing the exercises at the end of each lesson.

Also, you can ask me any question you wish as I am available any time I’m at my computer. That’s every day, almost nine to midnight. LOL! It really depends upon the family and if I can keep focused. Sometimes when a story is close to the end or I have to work out a scene, I will often break for a day. But I always check my email.

Adding Steam to Your Love Scenes – Free Workshop
© 2010 Lynn Crain

I have been asked recently by more and more people just how I add steam to my many love scenes. In the course of a few years, I have put together what works for me. I’m hoping to share those ideas with you all over the next few weeks in this free workshop. So please, pass the word around to all your friends. We’ll have fun!

Here’s what we’ll be covering with each week building on the previous one:

Set the mood for both you and your characters.
  • Read books the day before in the genre for which your writing.
  • Listen to music while you write that all important scene.
  • Look at phrase books. 
  • Look at sexy pictures.
Use your own experiences
  • I don’t mean literally…you all remember that blush first being in love…use it.
  • Most women remember their ‘first time,’ so use it.
  • Most women remember the first ‘real’ date they were on, so use it.
Add love scenes when the characters want to make love, not when you want them to make love.
  • I’m a pantser and all of my stories are character driven.
  • What is right for the characters needs to be right for you as the writer.
  • Listen to your characters as they will tell you what they need.
Get some good research material.
  • Good research books are invaluable.
  • For erotic, things like the Kama Sutra are a must.
Details are everything.
  • If a character is fantasying about a certain body part, can you imagine what happens when they actually get that body part?
  • Know the temperature of their skin – hot, cold, clammy or warm and inviting.
  • Know how the characters should look when making love – pink cheeks, rosy lips, closed eyes, opened eyes.
  • No wandering body parts.
Don’t ever write sex to fill up pages.
  • Sex needs to happen when it needs to happen and not before.
  • Readers can tell when a writer has had to ‘force’ a love scene.
Remember that as an erotic romance writer you are writing hot, sizzling love scenes and not just sex.

Sometimes less is more.

Make each love scene emotional.
  • At least one of the two characters has to have some sort of emotional attachment to the reason they are having sex.
  • It’s not always who you think it should be and it doesn’t need to be revealed right away.
Take note of the anatomical details.
  • Characters have to be anatomically compatible.
  • Huge men will never fit into a small, child-like woman. Not happening.
  • Know what is and isn’t humanly possible.
I hope to see you all next week when we begin setting the mood!

Have a great week! Until then…



  1. And those pointers are what make the difference between Porn and Erotic Romance.There has to be emotion and passion to make those sex scenes beautiful.Thanks Lynn,
    Great post. :)
    Carol L.

  2. Carol,

    You are absolutely correct. It does make a different between porn and erotic romance. People don't get that sometimes. Sure everything is hanging out there but real life is like that sometimes as well.

    The only books I write have emotion and passion. You can't have sex without those things.

    Thanks for commenting. I'm glad you liked the post.