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August 7th, 2007
Withdrawal

Apologies on being late with my post. My excuse is the usual summer one—the kids at are home and no possible way to get on a computer while potty-training my son. When he says he has to go, he simply is not kidding.

I’m in an odd place right now, where I haven’t written an erotic scene for over 4 weeks. I almost feel like I should be making some sort of confession. And I’m definitely suffering withdrawal. Right now, all the “accountant like” part of writing takes precedent, such as preparing an outline/synopsis of my next story. Researching. Thinking out logistics—timing, setting, how far it takes to travel, should my hero and heroine start in the same town, etc., etc.

And I’ve wondered why I wish I could just push all that aside and indulge myself by writing an erotic scene. Other than the fun factor, of course. And I think it’s because, as has been mentioned before here, that those scenes are the ones that best reveal characters. And I really, really want to start getting to know my characters.

When I wrote my first published historical erotic romance, A GENTLEMAN SEDUCED, I would think up the scenes in the morning before I got out of bed. So then I would be very excited to get to the computer and get to work. This way, the scenes came out of order. I just knew what my hero Lucien would do, and what his emotional reactions would be. His playful bondage scene from near the end of the book was written somewhere during the middle, and chapter four required seven re-writes…that sort of thing.

So I have a question for other writers out there—do you write your scenes in order, or do certain scenes, sex scenes or others, just leap into your mind and beg to be put down on paper, even if they are completely out of order?

4 comments to “Withdrawal”

  1. Kate Pearce
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      · August 7th, 2007 at 3:36 am · Link

    I’m like you, I usually imagine a really hot erotic scene first, which gives me that instant knowledge of my hero or heroines real character and then I work around that.
    Can’t wait to see what you come up with for your next book!



  2. Pam Rosenthal
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      · August 7th, 2007 at 9:45 pm · Link

    Mostly I write in order, or what I think of as order — which usually takes some shuffling around afterwards. I think I imagine the seduction scenes first — usually conversations, feelings of being exposed.

    And as for morning routines, I can remember when I was working at BiFi, and thinking real hard about what was going to happen next in Carrie’s Story. And I must have been thinking about it real hard, because when put my badge into the turnstile to let me in at work, the female security guard on duty whispered to me, “I know what you’re thinking about.



  3. Jane Lockwood
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      · August 8th, 2007 at 1:00 am · Link

    I’m a combination. I know what the pivotal sex scenes will be in a very vague sort of way, but I don’t write them until I get there in the narrative. One reason is that my characters will get to know each other (and I’ll get to know them too) in other ways and I’m not actually sure what will happen in the love scenes until we’re at that part of the journey.

    Pam, were you drooling?



  4. Pam Rosenthal
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      · August 8th, 2007 at 5:31 am · Link

    Pam, were you drooling?

    Not a dribble. Just, I think, a kind of goony look on my face.