In romance writing, the love scene is the goal and the excitement. Depending on the type
of romance, it’s either the climax (okay, pun intended) wrapped up sweetly with a wedding or commitment of some type, or it’s the tension of the intimate couple getting to know more and more about each other and deciding if their love is the one.
Some authors will use irresistible attraction to get the couple into bed rather fast. There is something so powerful and sexually arousing, that they are intimate early on. Other couples spend more time exploring each other emotionally and physically, moving slowly toward a more intimate relationship.
Writing love scenes is an art. I’m always studying how other writers do it. One of my favorite romance authors had a five page love scene. I laughed to myself that I could do it in six. After my editor read it, she cut me back to five but asked me to fill out another later love scene, which turned out to be the champagne bath in Vampire King of New York.
I will always remember what my first editor said to me. She said, “Why are you playing Twister? And how many arms does David have?” After I laughed a lot, I slowed the scene down, made it more tender and got rid of the extra arm. That was one of the pivotal love scenes in The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais.
Here is one way of writing a love scene?
1. Talking becomes whispering becomes kissing.
2. Kissing leads to kissing everywhere and exploring. Exploring to touching.
3. Touching heightens desires and leads to sex.
Now the approach is individual and different for every writer. It’s also different according to the characters. That’s why I recommend you read authors you enjoy and see how they do it, use your own experience if you want to, but write what you feel comfortable writing. Be natural. Don’t do tab insert here. Don’t come up with fancy terms for the human body. Let nature take its course with your characters. Do what they would do? Would they jump into bed immediately with each other or would they take their time? What is natural for their story? Take it sentence by sentence.
Watch where those arms and legs go and don’t play Twister.
“Action, reaction, motivation, emotion, all have to come from the characters. Writing a love scene requires the same elements from the writer as any other.”
– Nora Roberts
Here are some good articles to further explore the topic.
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!
Vampire King of New York available at Amazon Kindle and print, Barnes and Noble Nook and print and in Kobo
A Vampire for Christmas in Kindle
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