Posted by: Schuyler R. Thorpe | January 23, 2012

When It Comes To Sex Scenes, I Don’t Write Porn

When I posted the last ten chapters to The Price of Freedom last night on my WordPress blog, Chapter 120 happened to end on one of my pre-planned sex scenes where both Kayla and Kenneth get to have some personal time with each other prior to the battle with Experiment #18105.

My apologies to everyone reading it, but according to some of my hardened critics on Facebook, it’s just not erotic enough. Or pornographic enough–if I understood the comments that came off from sharing a link on my page late last night. (This is why I don’t share my writing with everyone on my Facebook page: I don’t need the fucking grief that comes from a bunch of know-it-alls who have to ruin it for everyone else.)

One person’s comments especially rankled my feathers when she said: “…if it doesn’t make a man want to jerk off or a woman’s nipples to tingle, it’s not worth writing it.”

And the same individual went on to crow about how she had ten years experience of writing erotica and that I should go to these three links (she posted) on how to write it appropriately! (Would you like a cookie to go with that ridiculous posting?)

Hate to break it to everyone, but I’m not in the business of doing it everyone else’s way. Okay? When I first started approaching the prospect of writing in romance/sex scenes into my books, it happened to be with the first-gen version of The Vampiress Hunter.

I had no fucking clue as to how I was going to do it 11 years ago. I really didn’t. Writing sex and romance is not my forte here. I do a lot better with science-fiction and fantasy than I do with the former.

So a lot of it is new and experimental. I’m bound to not get everything right the first time and that’s how it was with The Vampiress Hunter.

When I first started writing novels, all I had focused my energies on was science-fiction and fantasy. Not sex. Not romance. Nothing that you’ve read in The Price of Freedom so far, or my upcoming novel, Lead Me Into Temptation (demon/vampire novel), or Maid of Iron/Made To Rust, or quite possibly…?

Stories of the Dead Earth. (The fourth novel could have a lot of cloak and dagger lesbian sex in it. But I won’t be sure until I completely finish the third book Jasper sometime this year.)

So when The Vampiress Hunter came along, I had my first real experience in writing romance or sex scenes. The original draft had a game going on between a San Francisco detective named Alan Scott (I think that’s what his name was), and my female half-human, half-vampire hunter. (Whose name hadn’t changed at all in the original draft.)

But like all things, my first attempts were blase at best. Though I didn’t quite have the hang of all the correct elements and connotations, it helped open doors for me in the romance and sex department–finally!

However, I knew that future offerings were going to have to be better if I was going to start injecting romance and sex into any of my novels.

With The Price of Freedom…? I had a real chance at trying out some of my updated writing skills and a holistic approach to writing in sex scenes when they came up. (Like in Chapter 6 for example…) Keep in mind, it was only three years since I wrote The Vampiress Hunter and I hadn’t attempted anything full blown such as this novel. It was a completely new experience in itself.

But I felt confident that I could do it.

When I write in sex scenes, I’m not going for the full-on porno feel where everyone is out of their fucking minds with sexual desire or inflamed gratification–with their facial expressions reminding me of a dog after it got struck by a car afterwards.

That’s not how I do it.

My sex scenes are nothing more than beauty and sensuality in itself. Poetry in motion. Nothing more. Nothing less. I don’t use the same approach that is commonly found in today’s erotica offerings. In fact, I stay away from it. Instead, I try to capture the feelings, the emotions, and the essence of that moment. Not just the acts themselves.

Bring passion into the equation, sharing a moment with your lover. Experience and explore the boundaries of human sexuality to its utmost.

As you read the chapters, read the book, you begin to feel what the character feels, see what they see through their own eyes, hear what they hear. It’s not just about a physical relationship I primarily focus on when it comes down to the sexual aspect of the novel. I also want to give the reader something more than just fapping material in the writing. 

Writing erotica is easier than it looks. There’s not much to it in the human imagination department. All it takes is some perverted thinking and some Vaseline and you have every one of your characters doing the bump and grind thing till the cows come home.

There’s no challenge there when you do that.

But if you want some hot guy to ram his thick cock up some young woman’s soaked pussy, you’re going to be disappointed after reading what’s been already posted from my end.  That’s not how my books are written. Each novel has its own unique properties. Some books will have light romance, others will have suggestive prose and like The Price of Freedom…? It’s going to give you more than a mental buzz. (Especially when Kayla reverts back to a 16-year-old bombshell. That’s some new territory in itself lemme tell you! How do you continue a relationship when you’re pushing thirty-six and your partner is half your age, but not?)

Nor can I write myself into the sex scenes to bring it out to its fullest flavor either. (Bad pun, I know…)

I just can’t see me being involved in such things when this is all about my characters and their experiences–not just mine.

When it comes to sex, I try to keep things on an even level. I keep it simple, erotic in its own right, and just as interesting. I know that writers have their own approach to this subject, but then again, they aren’t writing for themselves like I am.

So things are bound to be different. But it doesn’t mean that I’m going to short change the reader in any way, shape, or form. You’re going to get a great read no matter what transpires–sex scenes or not. ^_^

(And yes…the picture here is of the ever so wonderful Russell Crowe!)

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Responses

  1. Posting this passive aggressive attack against a friend who was actually trying to help you was a pretty cowardly thing to do, and just more evidence, Schuyler, that you’re arrogant without reason and lacking the ability to judge your own work.

    To read your blog, and your status messages here, you’d think you were some veteran author, speaking of your years in the business and the ins and outs of writing and publishing, not some wannabe who hasn’t managed to break in. You pontificate and polish yourself, talking about what a great read you’re offering, while at the same time dismissing all contrary or critical commentary with declarations about how original you are, how you can’t write like everybody else (i.e., the many writers who have managed to be published, all of whom write *exactly* alike, of course), and, of course, how nobody’s opinion matters because you write for yourself, and you like it cuz it’s good.

    I’m glad you like it. Because, honestly, it’s not good. I read the sex scene in question and it’s amateurish and overwrought and full of details that not only work against emotional involvement in the scene, much less any sense of eros, but are laugh-out-loud funny. And I know you’re reflexively telling yourself I mean the dialogue is funny, or the writing is witty, but what I mean is the writing itself is often “Good grief, listen to THIS” awful.

    You’re really not all that, Schuyler. Not yet. And you won’t ever be as long as you remain so solipsistic and immune to critique. You are not a great undiscovered genius; your genius is, itself, thus far undiscovered by you.


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