By Ursula Renee
A romantic novel focuses on two people overcoming internal and external obstacles in order to be together. Every scene, including the sex scenes, should advance the plot, and not be thrown in as a filler or because it was expected.
Before writing a sex scene, I have to study my characters, learn what drives them, and figure out what they stand to lose and/or gain emotionally when they come together. Even if the characters are having sex to satisfy a physical need, I have to understand why they choose that moment to give into their urges – what prevented them from doing so earlier or waiting until later? Using what I learn about my characters, I continue the characters’ development during the sex scenes by focusing on the emotions rather than the act.
As I eventually discovered when I found a book that forced me to read every word, the most powerful sex scenes are the ones that allow the characters to grow.
Ursula Renée is the PRO Liaison for RWA NYC. She writes historical romances and romantic thrillers. When she is not writing, she enjoys photography, drawing and stone carving.