Thursday, November 17, 2011

Setting the Mood

How many times have you been reading a good romance when out of the blue the main characters just hot up on the nearest location and start doing “it”, No lead up, no seduction. This (at least in my opinion) amounts to nothing more then what I would call filler sex. You know the kind where the author looks back at his/her finished manuscript and says “Oh I need about another 500 or so words so let’s throw in a sex scene. Not that sex just for the sake of sex is such a bad thing. However, it does make the difference between a story that is erotic and one classified as erotica. 
I pride myself on being an Erotic Romance writer rather than an Erotica writer. This is perhaps the reason for this little blog. How do we, as writer set the mood, and how can readers get the most emotion from those scenes? Not that there aren’t scenes that require little to no build up  and play a important part in the scene or story. 

I believe it comes down to simply setting ourselves up for the romance or seduction of that moment. What is it that personifies sensuality to you? We all have that thing which puts us into the moment. Therefore, my challenge to you, both writers and readers, is set the stage before you jump head long into those particular scenes. Light some sweet candles, dim the lights, pour a glass of wine, and put on some soft sensual sounds. I truly believe you will find the scene works a whole lot better than trying to fit it in between doing a load of laundry, chasing the kids away from the television and writing or reading to the sounds of the garbage truck backing up the street. 
Secondly, if you don’t write erotica, don’t use sex as a filler unless you plan on creating a lead-up. Set your stage and make it something more than a bit of grunting and sweating designed to fill the pages!

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JL Oiler grew up in the mountains of West Virginia where she still lives with her husband and children. She is a graduate of Fairmont State University in Fairmont West Virginia, and holds a Masters degree from Ball State University in Muncie Indiana. She always possessed a passion to create stories to entertain her friends and family, but life led her on a variety of paths before she found the opportunity to return to the dream of writing stories to share. 
JL currently has stories with Rebel Ink Press and Silver Publishing. She enjoys the Erotic Paranormal genre, but has dabbled in other areas of romance as well. Her first release came in January of 2010, since that time she has had multiple individual releases as well as the opportunity to work on several anthologies. She can often be found chatting about upcoming events or releases on Facebook or Twitter. 

1 comment:

wlynnchantale said...

Welcome JL. Help yourself to the buffet. Chef has stocked it with a few of my favorites, Chocolate covered Strawberries, crab cakes and shrimp to name a few. And Tyrell, the bartender has prepared some yummy cocktails.

What inspired you to write Dead Force Rising?