Author Spider Robinson wrote that, while “everybody disagrees with everybody” about what constitutes a good sex scene, most agree that it “should be believable, consensual (all parties consenting), (and) a natural development of the story rather than a pasted-on attention-getter.”
From Goethe to D.H. Lawrence to Anaïs Nin to Henry Miller to Erica Jong, authors have written about passionate lovemaking for centuries. Some classics, such as Jong’s Fear of Flying will forever be linked with the subject, while others, such as Lady Chatterley’s Lover, are notable no longer for their once-shockingly explicit treatment of sex, but for other literary strengths.
The steamy side of literature past and present is the talk of both cocktail parties and blogs alike. In one of Red Room’s most popular blog posts, writing teacher and fiction author Jessica Barksdale Inclán instructs would-be writers on the finer points of crafting a relatable—and memorable—sex scene. (She’s even taught a university course on the subject.) Blog about your favorite sex scene in literature and you could receive feedback from Jessica (who serves as guest judge for this week’s blog challenge entries).
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