Wednesday, September 7, 2016

IWSG - Using euphemisms to write the sex scene. Why not to do it. I'm insecure about critiquing others work!

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You might have seen the last post where I rant about the three worst pieces of writing advice I've received. Show don't tell, only one point of view per manuscript, and don't worry about the title. I would like to add one more. Using euphemism to write a sex scene.


Periscope - ahem-

Does anyone think it attractive when their significant other uses euphemisms to describe sex? Is it a turn on to be told it's time for: "The old in-and-out." "Making the beast with two backs." "Doing the wild monkey dance."?

No.

So why do it in your writing? 

Here's one for you. Bad prose is like bad sex. It's uncomfortable and can be painful. An MFA student in my graduate cohort argues that art is always about sex and death. I can go with that, but in art sex is most real when it's unaffected. I don't want to read about your submarine's erect periscope in search of her sandy beaches.

I'm saying this here because I'm too insecure to directly critique those who do this. I need to check my earlier writing. I could be guilty of it, too.

Have you ever experienced this? Hope everyone is ready for fall and not being tortured like I am. You guys rock!

9 comments:

  1. Lol, "submarine's erect periscope in search of her sandy beaches." That's hilarious. I wouldn't want to read that either. I hope even more that I don't write something like that. My current work in progress is my first adult romance. Definitely going to be on extra guard from now on. But not before checking the sex dream scene I drafted previously.

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    1. Hi Lidy! I think that people use euphemism's the most when they're embarrassed of the topic. We're all guilty of it. Good luck with your adult romance novel!

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  2. Hi Adrienne
    This: I don't want to read about your submarine's erect periscope in search of her sandy beaches. Totally cracked me up. My husband isn't that descriptive but he has his sayings. I agree, they have no place in a well written book.
    Nancy

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    1. Thanks Nancy! I knew the ladies would understand. Ha!

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  3. Euphemisms for anything in a novel lifts the reader out of the heat of the action ... ah, maybe I should have used another turn of phrase!

    I think readers respond to honesty in every aspect of our writing and are turned off by coyness.

    Love Peaches. Midnight, my kitten, says he never does bad things ... my perspective is just off-kilter! :-)

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    1. Well put, Roland! Yes, we tend to use euphemism when the action makes us uncomfortable. Readers pick up on this. Agreed! I love that you have a kitten named Midnight! Calico? Just kidding.

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  4. Sooo...no horizontal hokie pokie? Hmm. You're making it very hard to make a penis classy. :D

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  5. I fortunately have not experienced this, but I'm cracking up at the image.

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