Power of Sex Scenes w/Catherine Lundoff

Today I'm delighted to host Catherine Lundoff on Let's Write About Sex.

Catherine Lundoff is an award-winning bisexual writer, editor and publisher from Minneapolis. Her books include Silver Moon and Out of This World: Queer Speculative Fiction Stories and as editor, Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space). She also runs Queen of Swords Press and writes erotica and erotic romance as Emily L. Byrne. www.queenofswordspress.com

Pronouns: She/Her

Question: What do you enjoy most about writing sex scenes?

I love writing sex scenes because you can do so much with them! If you plan it out right, you can tell an entire story in a single sex scene. As a writer, you can use them to move your plot forward and to tell the reader something about your characters and their motivations that they might not otherwise realize. And, of course, if you’re writing erotic romance or erotica, then the sex scenes are pretty central to creating a reader-satisfying story.

If you plan it out right, you can tell an entire story in a single sex scene.

At their most basic level, a sex scene tells your reader about your character: who they are, how they identify, what they want. It can also tell your reader about your setting, your time period and what happens to those characters next. As a writer, you can use that scene to arouse your readers, make them sympathize with or loathe (or both!) your characters, feed your audience red herrings about where your plot is going or enhance the intricacies of an already intricate plot.

I’m also a big fan of how you can adapt sex scenes to different genres. They can be used to describe some of your world-building in science fiction and fantasy, provide clues if you’re writing a mystery and pull your reader into a fictional relationship if you’re writing romance. The possibilities are, if not quite endless, at least numerous. That is certainly one of the things that keeps me coming back to writing sex scenes as a key part of many of my stories and novels.

Check out my upcoming online class, “In Flagrante Delicto: Writing Effective Sex Scenes” for more information on how I approach writing sex scenes and some other things that you can do with them as a writer. Many thanks to Karelia for hosting me!

Let's Write About Sex is hosted by Karelia Stetz-Waters, English professor, latte aficionado, rose gardener, and lesbian romance writer. If you have something to say about sex scenes, message Karelia about doing a guest post.