Yep that's right. Today, I'm blogging about sex. Specifically, sex in literature.
Okay, confession time. I like sex. I think most humans enjoy sex, as long as it's good (bad sex is baaaad and speaking from personal experience, although it sounds great in theory, having intercourse for hours on end is no fun. There's chafing involved. AND the TMI ends HERE).
So, not surprisingly, I also like reading fiction that includes sex. Of course, fictional sex can also be baaaad. Especially when it's riddled with "throbbing members," and "heaving bosoms," and positions that are not only impossible in the real world (unless you're a professional contortionist) but sound incredibly uncomfortable as well.
The problem that I'm currently experiencing involves my current WiP. It's a romance. When I ran through the rough draft during National Novel Writing Month, I incorporated a couple of sexy sex scenes. Now, while editing, I'm trying to decide: to sex or not to sex?
Well, maybe not in that extreme. I mean, there will be sex because it's part of the character development and plot, but my current conundrum revolves around whether to flesh out the sexy scenes (hehe, FLESH out! I punned!) or tone them down.
I think this hemming and hawing originates with the fact that my mother (who is an English professor) has been helping me with editing, and I'm entirely freaked out to have my MOTHER reading something sexy I wrote. Like, UGH and YEESH and CRINGE!
Luckily, I have a few incredible and wonderful beta readers who will hopefully shed some light on this situation and help me figure out what is best for my characters and this WiP in particular.
What do you think, oh lovely blog readers? Do you like it hot and heavy or mild and sweet? Does it matter? Does it change depending on the story and characters?