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August 7th, 2007
Withdrawal

Apologies on being late with my post. My excuse is the usual summer one—the kids at are home and no possible way to get on a computer while potty-training my son. When he says he has to go, he simply is not kidding.

I’m in an odd place right now, where I haven’t written an erotic scene for over 4 weeks. I almost feel like I should be making some sort of confession. And I’m definitely suffering withdrawal. Right now, all the “accountant like” part of writing takes precedent, such as preparing an outline/synopsis of my next story. Researching. Thinking out logistics—timing, setting, how far it takes to travel, should my hero and heroine start in the same town, etc., etc.

And I’ve wondered why I wish I could just push all that aside and indulge myself by writing an erotic scene. Other than the fun factor, of course. And I think it’s because, as has been mentioned before here, that those scenes are the ones that best reveal characters. And I really, really want to start getting to know my characters.

When I wrote my first published historical erotic romance, A GENTLEMAN SEDUCED, I would think up the scenes in the morning before I got out of bed. So then I would be very excited to get to the computer and get to work. This way, the scenes came out of order. I just knew what my hero Lucien would do, and what his emotional reactions would be. His playful bondage scene from near the end of the book was written somewhere during the middle, and chapter four required seven re-writes…that sort of thing.

So I have a question for other writers out there—do you write your scenes in order, or do certain scenes, sex scenes or others, just leap into your mind and beg to be put down on paper, even if they are completely out of order?