Tone down the sex?

I’ve been editing like mad lately. I have a deadline to get this done so I can pitch it to an agent.  I’ve given myself two days to edit a chapter and I’m actually ahead of schedule (yay!).

However, chapter 13 is the first sex scene. When I re-read it, I realized it was really, really explicit so I toned it down. Why, you might ask. Well, because this is an urban fantasy novel with some horror and sex sprinkled in. It’s not a paranormal romance nor is it erotic literature. But then I started wondering…could I have urban fantasy/horror/eroticism? Should I have toned it down? I’ve got another sex scene coming up (there’s a total of three, but only two of them are actually full scenes).

Sooo…my question to those of you who have been in these positions (no pun intended) what have you done?  What would you want to read? Do you like the explicit scenes or do you like it more where you have to imagine it?  I’m flipping back and forth because I like writing the explicit scenes but the books aren’t just about the sex.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. journeyofjordannaeast
    Mar 13, 2012 @ 22:27:52

    I’m toying with the idea of adding a sex scene to my book later on. However, I will probably leave a lot to the imagination. This is because when I peruse reader reviews of other books on amazon, I notice that if there are explicit sex scenes there are also more than a handful of people who are completely turned off–especially if the gratuitious sex scene has little to do with the formulation of the plot itself.

    Hope that helps your decision. : )


  2. tonyakerrigan
    Mar 13, 2012 @ 22:36:56

    That’s kind of what I was thinking i’ll probably tone down the second scene as well. -sigh-

    It was really good though…:)


  3. Samir
    Mar 14, 2012 @ 02:58:12

    I have no problems with sex scenes, but I do have a problem with the choice of words used to describe them. I actually covered that in this post:

    Hope this helps.


  4. tonyakerrigan
    Mar 14, 2012 @ 07:32:50

    Haha! “His man seed shot out of his male member.” God, I’m dying laughing from that. Yeah, I’ve read books before that were like that. Good article.


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