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Subject: Writing First Novel and would love your Input!
Date Posted: 10/15/2008 8:12 PM ET
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As some of you knowww-- I'm writing my FIRST Love/Romance Novel.   My question is... Should I incorporate some "rated R sex" or rated X or explicit or just how HOT should I make the first in the series???

Any and ALL input is grately appreciated! Thank you.

:)  dawn da nut

Date Posted: 10/15/2008 8:26 PM ET
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IMO, you should always write what you KNOW and/or what you LIKE.  :)

Good luck!    :-)

Date Posted: 10/15/2008 10:10 PM ET
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I don't think I could give a preference, especially to a book I don't know anything about. :) Just make the sex scenes true to the characters and the setting, and you really can't go wrong.

Date Posted: 10/15/2008 10:13 PM ET
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yep I agree with Stephanie...make it fit the characters.

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 12:38 AM ET
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I agree, write what you know.  I like both but there is nothing that kills a book faster than a cringe worthy love scene, especially an x - rated one.  So don't tackle it unless you have the goods, so to speak : )

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 6:56 AM ET
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I like some detail, but not over the top raunchy.  I want to know the stream of emotions they are going through when it does happen.



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Date Posted: 10/16/2008 8:40 AM ET
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Don't force a scene between characters.....try to make it seem real.  If you don't think you are up to writing a Lora Leigh scene, for example, go with what you CAN do and work your way up to it.  Good luck!

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 9:13 AM ET
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Whichever you choose, don't make it happen too quickly.  The building up of the moment is what keeps me engrossed in a book.  And always finish what you start ;)  I hate it when you turn the page and it's 3 days later and you're like, "wth?  what was said? how did they react afterward?"

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 9:25 AM ET
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I agree with Monica P.....i like a slow build up before the big moment. I don't like it when the characters jump into bed so fast. Anticipation is what keeps me reading!

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 10:40 AM ET
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When it comes to writing sex scenes into a book, I think the best rule of thumb is YES:P

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 11:12 AM ET
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Just don't put in a lot of sex at the expense of the story.  I know there are people who like books that are one bang after another, but to me, sex scenes are only worth having in a good story with a good plot.  Otherwise they are nothing but literary porn...which isn't necessarily a bad thing- but if you are billing it as a "romance" novel, that needs to be the focus, not the sex.  JMO.

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 1:09 PM ET
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I agree with writing what u know and not letting it interfere with the story. I love a good sex scene but have been known to fall in love with books that didn't have much or none at all. Don't force a sex scene in it unless it fits with the story :)