Getting a real theme going here with song titles as blog posts. And today’s is courtesy of one of my fave late 80s, early 90s bands, The Smiths. Thanks Morrissey. It occurred to me because now is not soon. And ‘very soon’ is not now. So sadly Lacey, you’re out of the running. 🙂
But the rest of you are still in there. Better think of a prize!
Alrighty, so, what’s happening writing-wise? I’m still writing my soldier story and liking it very much. Though I have to say, the love scene is in its second iteration which is a bit weird for me. Usually I try and get down that first draft as fast as possible because if I fiddle with it too much, I never finish it. So if something’s not going right, I skip it and go onto the next scene. But I simply couldn’t go any further until I’d got this at least semi-right because it does set the emotional tone for the rest of the book. And, yes, okay, I confess, I really, really like writing love scenes. There’s something delicious (not to mention hot) about making your characters vulnerable to each other and seeing how each of them deals with that vulnerability.
And speaking of love scenes, here’s something to make you jealous. I’m lucky enough to be going to a session at the RWNZ Conference,taken by the fabulously talented Natalie Anderson with tips on writing hot. Now if you’ve ever read any of Natalie’s Modern Heat, then you’ll understand why this woman knows what she’s talking about. She can write hot like damn and woah. Can’t wait to try out some tips on my characters! Hehe.
Anyway, the thing about love scenes is that they are relative. One woman’s phwoar is another’s ewww. I know this is a terribly personal question but what do you like in a love scene? No, not the details, but in general. Does lots of talking turn you off? Or do you prefer joking around? Do you even like reading them or skip them entirely? Me, I like lots and lots of sexual tension initially, then a really hot scene – not too short please! Oh and it must be sensual. Can’t get into it at all if all five senses are not being utilised… 😉