Asrai Devin

Kiss me, and you will see how important I am.” ― Sylvia Plath

Back to the basics of sex in romance (NSFW??)

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There was a time I could read three or four novels at once (in the same week). Also, I could read and watch television and keep the plot (and also eat Spitz(TM) sunflower seeds compulsively).

I can’t read more than one book at once, and while I’m writing I can’t read any fiction. Mostly because I worry about writing like the novel I just read and getting accused of plagiarism.

Which is unfortunate because I haven’t read any romance in months. Which means no romance sex scenes in ages. I’ve read some erotica, but erotic sex scenes and romance sex scenes are totally different.

Except for the getting physical scenes, I have everything else done. So I tried to write the scenes. No go. I took some time off to try to get normal human sleep hours in, not mom-writer hours. I read some Michael Neil books I picked up on Amazon for $2 each. I learned how to install Minecraft mods for the minecraft addicts kids.  I beat a few more levels on Candy Crush Saga. I engaged in some abortion debates (pro choice), spanking debates (anti hitting anyone ever unless it’s self defense) and giving advice about breastfeeding and respecting your children.

Both my kids learned to ride their bikes in the last two weeks, so there was lots of chasing them.

Books

Books (Photo credit: henry…)

Anyway, I grabbed my top three favorite Suzanne Brockman books off the shelf tonight (in the creepy play room and then a clap of thunder scared me to death). I’m starting with Hot Target, after Sam, Cosmo is my favorite hero.

I’m going to try to start editing this freaking book soon. I’m not entirely in love with this book, so it makes it harder. I don’t love Summer Fling or Love Can’t Wait (tho I freaking love the cover).

Anyway, I’m going to get some sleep and then kick myself in the ass tomorrow and start editing.
My process write 10,000 to 30, 000 words, figure out characters and then rewrite the entire book because the first one makes no sense, stick the thing into the basic plot map, a process I call “reverse plotting”, make sure I’ve hit all the important plot points, fill in any missing details (I struggle with names and places so there are a lot _____s in my drafts) and rearrange scenes, hopefully fix any details out of place Jan, my editor, always finds one, edit grammar and spelling via Editor program, send it off to Jan who is so super fast, while it’s with her I do the cover or email Corinne and get her to start working on it. ONce it’s back, make the changes Jan suggests, read it outloud and then get bored half way through the reading because this is the worst piece of crap every written, get over myself, format and release).

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