Thursday, April 06, 2006

Writer's Viagra

I swear, I think the more books I write, the more love scenes I add to my writing. They're growing exponentially, like that alien thingie in The Andromeda Strain.

The Falcon and the Dove, my first book, had two (I think). Tiger & the Tomb had six (or was it five?) Cobra had about six? The Panther & the Pyramid has eight love scenes.

The Sword & the Sheath, the book I'm writing now to turn in next week, has ten. Ten love scenes. And of course, the papaya scene where he demonstrates oral sex to her.

Erotic romance, is, pardon the pun, hot right now. Major publishers are doing erotic romance lines, following in the spike heeled footsteps of Ellora's Cave. Sales of hot books, especially paranormals, are soaring.

So what's my point? ::shrug::: Am I writing this book with ten love scenes purposefully because I want to follow the crowd? No. I've never followed the crowd, thus the reason why I write obscure Egyptian historicals. I just like writing sexy stories. But mainly, this story lends itself to all the love scenes, with Tarik and Fatima's as equally matched warriors, in bed and out of it.

It's not easy writing a love scene, not for me. I adore writing them, but I sweat. I strain to find the right word. When I'm relaxed and not uptight (lol) it's much easier to perform. When I'm stressed, like now, I get writer's performance anxiety. I need writer's Viagra.

Plus there's the interruptions. Like tonight. I'm typing away, glossing Fatima's rosy skin with perspiration as she's riding atop of Tarik. She's breathing heavily, her eyes are darkened, she feels it, oh yes, right there, right there...

RUFF!

The dog must go outside. Under the vet's orders, I have to follow her and make sure she doesn't lick a toad, eat a snake or do something equally dumb to make her sicker.

He also wants me to go outside and watch her poop.

So I leave my heroine gasping and frantically reaching for that blinding climax... as I go outside to watch my dog. Is the moment ruined? Oh yeah. Must I get back into it when Tia is done because I have to turn in this book in less than a week? Yup.

Tia's sleeping right now. So is hubby. So is Tiger. It's just me and the computer, my characters in bed, and a love scene to finalize. I'll finish it. I'll think about the intense love Tarik has for Fatima, to the point he's willing to die for her. I'll think about how Fatima wants him more than her next breath. And I'll bring them both to shattering completion.

Excuse me. I have an orgasm to write. :-)

3 comments:

Kim said...

Too funny about the increasing number of love scenes.

Being a romance writing newbie, I still blush when others read my love scenes.

Like when I was reusing paper from my last manuscript and accidently sent my Mom pages with the hottest love scene I had ever written on the other side.

FerfeLaBat said...

::Snort::

They are even harder to edit.

Bonnie Vanak said...

LOL Kim! I hope your mom liked it. I sent my annual Christmas letter last year on the back of the erotic romance I was writing. Gulp.

Yeah, ferfela, they are harder to edit. "He swung his manly weapon over to invade her simpering portal of love as she quivered in anticipation of him storming the castle."

"He swung his manly weapon over to invade her disappointed portal of love as she simpered in anger because said manly weapon was more like a little butter knife than a broadsword."

hee hee!