Dirty: Writing Sex Scenes Part Six
Bet you thought I was done. So did I.
Well, here we are. In the afterglow, so to speak.
You've written the big scene. Now, what?
Well, the rest of the book, hopefully! Finish that, then come back to this post. Don't worry, I'll wait.
Back already? Awesome!
So, your book is done, the sex scene is written, you've given it a cursory edit, and we're at the end of the road. Sort of. Contrary to what a lot of people think, writing the book is the easy part. For me, it is. I write my books in a frenzy, with very little looking back, and all of a sudden I'm done, gasping for air and lying on my living room floor wondering just how long it's been since I had time to mop.
My advice-- and this works differently for every writer-- is to take some time off. DO NOT LOOK AT THAT MANUSCRIPT! I like to let it simmer for at least a month or two without so much as looking at the file name. I back up my files, then I walk away. Some writers can jump right into editing, but I can't. The book is still lingering within me, and if I read it all at once right away I'll miss things that need fixing. Not only that, but editors are busy people, and even if you submit the book to them quickly, that's no guarantee they'll get to it right away.
During that month or however long it takes, I must return to the land of the day dwellers. I have to go back to normal life for a while and give my family all the time I was forced to give my work while I was finishing it.
Enjoy your time for awhile, and you'll be able to edit that sex scene (and the rest of the book), no problem! Editing is a whole different series of posts I could do, but I'm not going to go there just yet. I have other things to yammer about on this blog, and you've got some editing to do now.
Good luck, and happy writing!