Hey everyone!! It’s LaQuette, you’re friendly erotic romance author. Before I begin, let me preface my topic by stating this is not my opinion of other authors and their work. Everything you’re about to read pertains strictly to my work.
Let’s take a moment to talk about dirty talk. You know, when one or more of the characters in a romance novel begins telling the other what they plan to do to the other, or each other in very frank and explicit terms? There’s usually some reference to how good the sex is, or how deep one of the characters are inside the other. You know what I’m talking about? *wink, wink* You know.
Well in my novels, the characters rarely express themselves verbally in this context. Why? Because if I try to write sexy dialogue, often times, my characters sound like they’re spewing a bad imitation of a porn script. It’s not pretty, and quite frankly, it makes me laugh every time I attempt it.
I’ve seen other authors do it well, but for me, more than an isolated word or two sprinkled throughout my sex scenes just comes off comical. I literally laugh until I cry when I’m reading it. And in my opinion, unless I’m actually attempting to add in a little hokey silliness during the scene, then dialogue during sex has to go.
My natural tendency is to write a lot of dialogue. I actually have to actively remind myself to cut back on it as I’m writing. But, the minute sexy times begin on the page, all talking between the characters shuts down.
Don’t believe me, check my books. You’ll see lots of dialogue before the sex, but during, it’s all narration. There’s only three instances where this changes somewhat. The basement scenes in Heart of the Matter and Divided Heart, and during the sex scene after Alan discovers A.J.’s involvement with Kenneth’s attack in Power Privilege & Pleasure.
In these instances, the characters are having sex while angry with one another, and the dialogue pertains to their anger, not the sex. Meaning, you might read something like, “I can’t stand your ass. You get on my damn nerves,” as the characters are having sex. However, you’ll never read, “Oh God, this is the best sex I’ve ever had.” And just so you know, even that little bit of blue dialogue is making me howl in laughter.
Although I write fiction and do my best to bring that wonderful, romantic fantasy element to my work that we all expect when we pick up a romance novel, sexy dialogue during love scenes isn’t something I can do. No, nope, not happening. As a reader, I’m able to enjoy other authors who have mastered the skill, but let me sit down and try to write it and it turns into an episode of Bad, Very Bad Libs.
What about you? How does the sexy dialogue during sex on the page work for you? Does it tickle your fancy? Or does it make you roll your eyes? This is LaQuette, embracing my crazy…one character at a time.