Sex on the Brain? Should it be apart of your story?

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So you are in the middle of the next great American novel. Your fingers are flying over your keys with lightening-like speed. Your piece is the perfect blend of fiction and reality. Then bam! Your main character runs into someone that knocks them on their butt. As a writer, you welcome the challenge but then you don’t anticipate what is ahead. As the story and intimacy grow you soon realize that your characters are gearing up to take the pledge and I don’t mean marriage.

I am talking about the two back beast, my friends. AKA sex.

Most of what I read online has said the same thing about sex. If it fits within your story then put it in. But couldn’t that argument fly with any story?

Say you are writing a psychological thriller. Sex could be a big part of that story. Regardless of the plot. Right?

Or perhaps you are writing a horror book, well again sex can fit in.

I think the idea that sex equals love is the reason why it might hold people back.  But that isn’t necessarily the case. Sex often means power over someone. Think about it. If you are having really good sex you with someone you will continually try to have sex with that person over and over. Right? So that could be the case in a psychological thriller. The bad guy could be playing some kind of game with whomever. As part of that game, the bad guy makes the victim believe that they are cared for. The final way of showing trust, love, and of course desire. Let’s be honest when someone tells you they want to sleep with you, that instills a sense of desire in you. You feel desired. You feel wanted, and if your character is someone who always feels on the outside feeling desired can be very powerful.

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So that could be the case in a psychological thriller. The bad guy could be playing some kind of game with whomever. As part of that game, the bad guy makes the victim believe that they are cared for. The final way of showing trust, love, and of course desire is with sex.

Just picture it for a moment,  when someone tells you they want to sleep with you, that instills a sense of desire in you. You feel desired. You feel wanted, and if your character is someone who always feels on the outside feeling desired can be very powerful.

So, unless you are writing a children’s book, I don’t see why sex can’t be in the story.

Now how graphic you want to be is up to you! Let your imagination guide you! Oh and look back on my posts on how to set the mood.

Sound off in the comments on how sex can be a part or not a part of any story.

Until next time!

 

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