The Insecure Writers Support Group is a marvellous group set up by Alex Cavanagh. On the first Wednesday of every month, members post thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for fellow writers.
The link above takes you to details about the group and how to join. You’ll also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge – do check them out.
This month’s question : If you could use a wish to help you write just ONE scene/chapter of your book, which one would it be?
I know I’m lucky as I’ve not agonised over any particular scene, almost certainly because I’ve not attempted to write a scene I know I have to include, but am uncomfortable writing …. yet.
In my co-authored WIP, the fight scenes were all written by my co-author. I was given the opportunity to have a go at one myself but, time was tight (we were writing during the April A-Z challenge) and he’d done a great job on the previous fight scene, so I offered to pick up other scenes and left him to it. Even before this question was asked, I’ve wondered if I was ducking the writing of the scene just because it was difficult. But the truth is, I probably wouldn’t write an action type story if writing solo.
I do have a WIP which is above love in its many forms, and one of those tales is about a relationship that’s very physical. Despite this, I never wrote a single sex scene, as it definitely gave me pause for thought … not because I’d be embarassed or uncomfortable writing it, but because it’s terribly hard to judge. What would be sexy to some is plain eurgh to others.
And that’s before you get to thinking about bad sex awards. How awful would it be to be nominated for one of those?
If a magic wand could be waved making any sex scene I wrote sexy to all and revolting to none, that would be great but, let’s be honest here … that’s never going to be possible, so when the time comes, I’ll have to decide whether to duck ’em, or give ’em my best shot.
As always, if anyone’s got any advice on how to walk that fine line – I’m all ears! One final word – do not google the words ‘magic wand’ after typing the words ‘sex scene’ on the same computer …
© Debra Carey, 2019