To make sure we’re all on the same page, I am not talking about porn. But if you’re a writer of (let’s call it) sexy flash fiction, very short stories and mini-fiction how do you deal with lusty sex on the page? How do you get men and women to read and enjoy your hot sex scene without feeling that you’ve made sex dirty?
One of the best ways to avoid making your sex scene dirty is not to use dirty words. Vulgarities and profanities for sexual acts or body parts or for gender will doom your sexy short story every time. If your male character is performing oral sex on your female character, don’t use any of the street terms that describe the act. Find the words that tell the reader exactly what’s going on, words without a connotation that what your characters are doing is “bad”.
Creative writing is about imagination and words. Use your imagination. Use your love of simple, descriptive words. Now get that man’s face down between that woman’s wide-open legs and see what you can do. Just don’t make it dirty.
“Penis” is a good word. “Breast” is a good word. “Vagina” is a good word. “Orgasm” is a good word. “Erection” is a good word. “Moan” and “groan” are good words. “Come” is a good word. “Butt” is a good word. “Buttocks” is a good word. “Sucking” is a good word. “Swallowing” is a good word. “Eating” is a good word. “Swollen” is a good word. “Wet” is a good word. “Hard-on” is a good word. “Hard” is a good word. “Coming” is a very good word. See, none of these words are vulgarities or profanities.
Sure, sometimes a dirty word in the right place at the right time is the only word that works. I’m just standing up for words that are not vulgar, that are not profanities.
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