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Chapter Forty-Five

Between the Sheets

How to Write Compelling Love Scenes 

Deborah Halverson

Writing a sex scene that’s truly sensual and emotionally satisfying for readers requires just as much attention to craft as any other scene in your story. But before you start writing about your characters’ romps in the sheets, you should ask yourself how explicit you want your story to be. What are you comfortable reading and writing? You might feel that you have to go into explicit detail in order to satisfy your audience, but that’s simply not the case (unless you’re writing strict erotica). If a PG-13 rating is more your style, there are plenty of readers for you, and there are plenty of ways for you to tell a sensuous story that pleases your audience ...

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