Intimate Details: Elements of a Sex Scene is a must read for all romance writers, new and seasoned, providing helpful direction and tips. Some are pretty thorough, but the author is quick to point out that these are but a guide and there is great leeway for personal touches.
I don’t know if my favorite authors have read this book, had a great editor, or are naturally gifted writers, but, for the most part, they adhere to the widely accepted romance writing guidelines, metaphors, and tropes. Why? Because they work. They help move the story and provides insight for the reader.
There are lots of expectations in romance, but they don’t have to be banal or clichéd. A writer’s style/voice is what makes a story unique. Boredom is what kills a story. I can overlook, clichés, bad dialogue, and unbelievable arcs as long as I feel some emotion. I’m not too picky about which one. I admire and appreciate all writers. Every book that I pick up has intrigued me in some way. It could be the blurb, the cover, review or sample. Sometimes, my expectations are dashed, but I am always hopeful that my current read will be the next big thing. I want nothing more than to cheer for the protagonist and resent the bad guy. I want to root for you! But sometimes there is an element missing. And that’s why Cox’s input becomes so important. It is sage, supportive advice with a humorous slant. Intimate Details perfectly articulates my feelings about likes and dislikes in a book. The information found in this guide is an excellent constructive feedback and review tool. Blah, blah, blah, I can’t wait to read more from Beyond the Style Manual series and I hope you do too!
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