The Scary Stories Treasury is a collection of my three favorite scary stories books from my childhood: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, and Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones. All of these books are researched, compiled, and written by Alvin Schwartz, with illustrations by Stephen Gammell.
These books were originally published in 1981, 1984, and 1991, respectively. They are still in print, although there has been a massive, very upsetting change.
We've gotten over our jitters, and decided that we really do want that sex scene in the book. Now, what heat level should the scene be? And because the two coincide, how much detail?
Heat level, you ask? I'm happy to explain that. This is a quick post, as it should be a fairly easy decision.
There's some work to do even before we write the sex scene we're planning. We covered some of that last month, and we'll get to some more now. The planning is every bit as important as the execution. Whether you're a pantser or a plotter, authors must consider whether the scene is necessary.
Sometimes, what makes a scene stand out in a reader's mind is how awkward and out of place it is. Don't write a sex scene just to write a sex scene.
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