Modern authors feel ‘commercial obligation’ to write about sex?

Modern authors feel ‘commercial obligation’ to write about sex, Julian Barnes says – Telegraph.

This is one subject which always baffles me. How much detail do I need to write about my character’s intimate lives in?

Having read the article above, I realised that I fall on the prim side of the sex scene bandwagon. In fact, one of the reasons I am so comfortable writing Young Adult Fiction is that having detailed sex scenes is frowned upon for YA… it makes it easier for me personally.

This doesn’t say anything about my personal life by the way… no matter what the reader / critic might think. The reason that I have trouble with them is that…

…I find writing sex scenes difficult. How much detail do I go into? What language do I use? If I use the medical terms, it sounds too dry; if I use erotica phrasing , I can’t write for laughing and if I try to use the kind of language that appears in soft porn magazines, it comes out stilted and useless.

I’ve attempted to write erotica. I hit all the wrong buttons every single time.

I’ve tried very hard in The Tower and The Eye (it might be sword and sorcery, but the characters demanded intimacy!) series to write any scenes like that in a tastefully raunchy fashion… I’m not sure if I managed it, but I’m sure I’ll get told if it doesn’t work – that’s what 1 & 2 star reviews are for after all!

It’s a sad fact that I’m more comfortable with battle and horror scenes than I am with the sex scenes. *sighs*

What about you? What are your thoughts on this subject? Comment below and maybe I’ll feel better about it!

I got a brilliant review!!!

LOOK! One of my very favourite authors has reviewed my latest book and he likes it!! WOOHOOO!!!
*dances around the room*
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Young Adult Fantasy, 10 Oct 2012
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This review is from: The Angel’s Crown (The Secret of Arking Down) (Kindle Edition)

I have bought and read several of Kira’s books, but this one stands head and shoulders above them. It is a wonderfully imaginative piece of young adult writing,

It traces the life of Jenni from the moment her parents divorce and physically move apart. Her father takes her away from her identical twin sister, a girl she has been telepathically linked to since birth to a town far from home. Jenni wants to wallow in despair, but from the moment she arrives she finds herself in the thick of it.

This is a rollercoaster of a story told by someone with a great imagination. Ancient houses, standing stones, secret passages and other worlds await. It is no wonder that Jenni’s sister soon becomes jealous (I was). This book overflows with ideas, energy and wit.

Not so much a coming of age story as a ‘becoming’ story. It sets up a universe of immense complexity with a host of characters you will want to know more about. The only complaint I had was that I couldn’t read the sequel straight after I finished this one


I suppose I had better get on and finish editing the second book so I can get it out! Once I’ve got the bubbles out of my system though…

*goes back to dancing*