Getting Steamy Between the Pages

Heart-shaped box for sale at the Arizona Prison inmate-made gift store. (photo by Tui Snider)
Heart-shaped box for sale at the Arizona Prison inmate-made gift store. (photo by Tui Snider)

With Valentine’s Day approaching, I thought it’d be fun to delve into writing romance, love, and erotica. Unfortunately, I kind of suck at writing romance. I have love scenes in some stories and often sex scenes get cut during edits. They make me cringe to write, and when I’m reading romances and sex scenes I’m often laughing at the terminology. So, I decided to enlist the help of my writing friend, Christine Rains since she’s written some steamy stories. Here are four tips she has for adding some steam to your writing with my commentary to expand on her advice.

Heart-shaped box for sale at the Arizona Prison inmate-made gift store. (photo by Tui Snider)
Heart-shaped box for sale at the Arizona Prison inmate-made gift store. (photo by Tui Snider)

Make good use out of the five senses.

This is something we should remember to use all the time, actually. It keeps readers in the moment. They’re reading words, but you want those words to paint a complete picture.

Don’t be unrealistic.

I don’t know about you, but the times I’ve seen porn, I’ve found it hard to believe that sex can be that enjoyable that quickly. They barely did any foreplay and already they are screaming? No, no way. If it helps when writing, think about your experiences with partners; the way you touch each other, how you felt, and the time it took.

Use shorter sentences when getting close to climax.

Like when writing an action scene, it keeps the tension tight and snappy. It ratchets up the tension and makes the climax that much more satisfying.

Don’t be afraid to add some humor during teasing, flirting, and foreplay.

Sex scenes should be a fun romp not just for the characters, but readers as well, so don’t be afraid to have the characters crack a lighthearted joke. One of my favorite romance series is Love at Stake by Kerrelyn Sparks. She adds some great humor to her romances that always get a giggle out of me.


Thanks Christine for helping me figure out this post. You can find more about her at her website. Her latest release is a polar bear shifter series, and I may be biased, but what I’ve read so far is good (even if I want to clock Sedge upside the head sometimes.) You can find her books here. She also writes for Untethered Realms.

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Patricia Lynne never set out to become a writer, and in fact, she was more interested in art and band in high school and college. On a whim, she wrote down a story bouncing in her head. That was the start of it and she hasn't regretted a moment. Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo, and has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow. She writes New Adult under the pen name Patricia Josephine.

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