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March 1st, 2010
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From:ringthebells
Date:March 2nd, 2010 04:31 am (UTC)
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I do think that sex and violence have a lot in common, writing-wise. Oddly enough, though, I find violence much easier to write in general (although still challenging)!

The trouble I have with sex, mostly, is trying to make a given scene interesting and unique. The thing is, an awful lot of sex scenes seem to come down to "They moved their bodies in mutually pleasing ways, at first slowly and then more rapidly, and then everybody had an orgasm. It was nice."

I enjoy the choreography of a big fight scene, though!
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From:mofic
Date:March 2nd, 2010 01:30 pm (UTC)
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The thing is, an awful lot of sex scenes seem to come down to "They moved their bodies in mutually pleasing ways, at first slowly and then more rapidly, and then everybody had an orgasm. It was nice."


LOL! Yeah, a few of those can kill a story. But, I think, if that's all there is to the sex scene, it doesn't really have a function in the story, so it's probably best to skip it.

OTOH, writing about sex doesn't necessarily mean writing about good sex. In the series I'm working on now, Logan knocks Scott's glasses off accidentally during sex, for example.

Also, there can be points of interest in what the characters are thinking about during sex, which isn't necessarily "it's nice" or in what they're doing. Maybe it's something they don't usually do, maybe one of them has some misgivings about it, maybe the circumstances are interesting, maybe what they say is interesting.
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From:ringthebells
Date:March 2nd, 2010 05:11 pm (UTC)
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Yes indeed!

I didn't get to write the whole comment I intended to write (since I got interrupted by a toddler—that happens a lot around here!) but I was going to go on to say essentially what you just said—that sex where something goes wrong is much easier to write! And, indeed, if there isn't something more happening than "they had sex and it was nice," these days I'm likely to essentially skip the scene. Back in the earlier days I did feel obligated to write them, though.

Violence, on the other hand, I will tend to write out even if it can be summarized by "and then the fought the mini-vampires, and won." :-)
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From:ringthebells
Date:March 2nd, 2010 05:12 pm (UTC)
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(er, they fought the mini-vampires, obviously)

*does not have comment-editing capability*
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From:mofic
Date:March 2nd, 2010 09:49 pm (UTC)
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That's okay - I read what you meant to write :-).
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