Friday, June 15, 2012

The Prurient Interests

Shirley Manson of Garbage whose new album I do not
have yet.  Photo yanked from here
Hey, it's Friday so I'm over at the Confabulator Cafe talking about my process of submitting things (or not). Click on over and see what I have to say on the subject, willya? Thanks.

Also, if you're looking for a last-last-minute Father's Day gift, (or you know someone who is) I humbly recommend this, in either paperback or for your Kindle or Nook. Thanks for considering it. If you do buy one, let me know.

Okay, now we're onto today's blog post and it's about sex. Feel free to click away if you're not interested in knowing my thoughts on the subject (at least as far as my writing goes). Regardless, today's post will be shorter than normal. Word-count-wise, anyway.

I'm waffling on how much sex is going to happen in the book I'm writing. I'm not talking about the act itself, but all the things that go along with it and happen before the act and even after. What's an appropriate level of sex in the story? Does it need to be graphic? How graphic? Is it natural to the characters or is it forced?

That last question is probably the most important to me because I definitely do not want to be That Guy who's playing at being a writer and ends up penning low-rent SF porn. (No, I never wrote any stories about Data and Tasha Yar, either.)

I'm not that guy. I know that, I'm just trying to ensure that it's not overdone.

So I ask you all who are reading this, what's an appropriate amount of sex in a serious book? It has to fit the story and the characters and it can't just be for shock value. It has to be legitimate within the confines of the tale. But what's the measure?  Give me examples of 'too much' or even 'could have been more', if you can think of 'em.

For the record, the Zero Draft had very little sex, none of it graphic. There's more in the first draft and characters are using their sexuality in context of the story. I guarantee that by the time you see the story it will make sense even if it doesn't right now. Trust me.

I'll tell you why some other time.