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Thursday, 9 October 2008

Maybe a word counter will help...

I've admired this little word counter on other writers' blogs so I took myself over to Writertopia and filched one for myself. Maybe it will shame me into carrying on, despite my frozen state when I think about the sex scenes...

6 comments:

Marilyn Z. Tomlins said...

Satima --

Experience is what makes it easier ... I am of course now talking about counting words ...

Marilyn

Satima Flavell said...

Oh drat! I was hoping that rather phallic-looking little figure would help me with the sex scenes!

Jo said...

The other kind of experience makes it easier too. Ain't like you don't know Satima. You remind me of one of our favourite British shows, As Time Goes By, the author in that show had trouble describing sexual encounters too. You need my friend Suzie, she is a counsellor and book writer of all that kind of stuff.

Carol Ryles said...

Oh I want one of those too. But I'm not putting it up till I've finished this darn paper.

Satima Flavell said...
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Satima Flavell said...

Trouble is, Jo, they don't want clinical descriptions: today's reader expects sex scenes to be full of romance, passion and physical description. And you can't leave 'em at the bedroom door these days, either - the reader seems to want the Full Monty:-) Reading the work of Laney Cairo has helped and also that of Jaqueline Carey, whom I love. The hardest part is using the sex to demonstrate growth in the character. I'll just have to nibble at the edges for while, I think. I could start with them nibbling each other, perhaps...

Come on Carol, get that paper out of the way! Is it the one for Wastelands?

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