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How To Write Sex Scenes

Before we jump into how you write a good sex scene, let's first talk about the different ways that sex can be written in books.

In MY opinion, there are 3 ways that you can write about sex in books: you can be super detailed about it, you can be super PG about it, or you can be a little clean and a little dirty.




  • the detailed/graphic way :: when it comes to books with this writing style, I'm reminded of one-shots. One-shots are short stories that are quick and dirty and to the point. I'm not talking about all one-shots, but rather, those that specifically fall under the erotica umbrella. These stories don't always have to be super raunchy or smutastic, but it's kinda the point to have it that way when you're writing those types of stories and there's nothing wrong with that.

Now, when it comes to being super detailed and/or graphic while writing sex scenes, for one thing, the author doesn't normally shy away from calling body parts exactly what they are: a dick, a cock, a pussy, nipples, etc. instead of choosing safer works like shaft, member, etc.

I'd like to say that this style is all about the details and descriptions.

Some authors will go all out and will literally break down the sex that's happening; for example, she watched as he lowered his head and settled in between her legs, and then she felt it, the flick of his tongue against her... You get the picture lol and the whole scene will go like that which is fine for some people, but SOMETIMES those types of super detailed scenes can be emotionless and flat.

Long story short, this style of writing focuses more on what's going on vs how the characters are handling things mentally and emotionally. 

For obvious reasons (underage users!!), Wattpad and most sites similar aren't too welcoming when it comes to 'smut' or hardcore erotica, but if your book is telling an actual story and has a plot, then you should be safe even when writing detailed/explicit sex...

Just to give you a better explanation of what's allowed on Wattpad, per their rules:

  • the clean/the PG13 way :: this type has sex scenes that are 'clean' and kinda basic, not too detailed or too graphic and normally doesn't contain much or any dirty talk.

This form of writing typically looks something like: 'he grips my hips and enters me gently from behind, moving inside me with slow, easy strokes until I eventually hit my peak and fall apart all around him...' -- and boom, there's the whole sex scene told in literally just a few sentences.

Don't get me wrong, this writing style can still be hot - no matter the length - even without the use of explicit words and things of that sort. And the last thing to note, with the 'cleaner' sex scenes, they tend to be more focused on the emotions of the characters vs the actions of what they're doing. 

  • the last style is a combination of the two above :: it's self-explanatory. This style combines the sweet with the naughty, giving you the best of both worlds. 


All in all, it doesn't matter if you write one way or the other.

What matters is if you come across a point in your story where you feel like a sex scene is needed, but you have no idea about how to start it or even write it...

When it comes to the point of where you feel the need to add sex in your story, you have to ask yourself - am I even comfortable writing something like this? 

If you answer NO to that questions then DO NOT try to force yourself to create a sex scene for your book. 

Readers, most of them, WILL be able to tell if something doesn't look/sound right and some might even call you out on it, so don't take it the wrong way and be sensitive if one of your readers corrects you in stating that, for example, water isn't a good lubricant - there goes a freebie for all my folks interested in writing sex scenes in the shower lol 

for future reference, don't make that mistake 

Also don't be ashamed if you're inexperienced with sex but are trying to write a sex scene because believe it or not, it's possible to do.



For those that want to have a sex scene in their book but aren't capable of actually writing it because you don't know how/where to start, my personal advice to you is to just skip it. 

It's that simple. 

You can lead up to the point of your characters getting ready to have sex, and when it comes down to Tom taking off Sally's pants, you can lightly end the chapter with a good cliffhanger and have them waking up in bed the next morning/chapter kissing and cuddled up, maybe even talking about how their night went. 

*this can be considered a fade to black scene, like how they do in the movies*

Yes, the horndog readers will be salty that there wasn't any sex, but the rest of your readers probably won't even care because, at the end of the day, it's not always about fucking when it comes to romance or whatever else you're writing. Sometimes it's best to just stick to bases 1-3 and keep it moving with the plot lol 

  • First base = kissing, including open-mouth (or French) kissing

  • Second base = touching above/below the waist

  • Third base = all the above plus fingering/jerking off, blow jobs/oral, etc

  • Home base = actual sex

I wasn't going to include this next part, but I figured why not...

I'll try my best to help guide you through writing about sex... however, everyone is different and ultimately, you're going to have write the actual scene out for yourself because I can't do it for you lol 

& with that being said, let's jump right into it!

  • the main thing that you need to know is that sex + feelings go hand in hand. Your characters don't have to be in love with each other, one-night-stands are a thing. But things have to have some type of emotion involved. Pure smut is okay for some people, and by pure smut I just mean the fucking and nothing else - no plot just porn, but I prefer the sex to have emotion mixed in.

I like to have my sex scenes be a little dirty but also soft and romantic

By that, I mean I use the graphic words like cock/pussy, etc. (never do it excessively) but I also go the safe route and use 'shaft' blahblah, things like that, occasionally cleaning things up so it's not straight up smut city lol 

When the sexual tension has been building for chapters upon chapters between your two main characters, obviously things are going to be emotional for them while they're having sex for the first time. 

When you're doing a scene like this, pay attention to where the sex scene is. Include info. about the five senses (taste, touch, smell, hearing, sight). NEVER focus only on the sex, because at the end of the day, they're people too. They have feelings and thoughts, so let that be expressed while you're ALSO incorporating sex into the scene.

for example :: third person ::

Tom's heart was racing a thousand miles per minute as he helped Sally get undressed, his trembling hands being ever so gentle as he peeled her out of her clothes. Sally was truly a work of art, and Tom felt like the luckiest guy in the world because she was all his. He loved everything about her, loved every inch of her curvaceous body. She was stunning...

[ blah blah ]

Cupping her full breasts, he gently teased her already stiff nipples, pinching and twisting, his eyes drinking in the way Sally's face contorts with pleasure, her moans filling their bedroom with the most beautiful song he's ever heard...



Don't judge me because I literally just came up with that on the spot lol 

Sometimes, with sex scenes, you don't have to overthink shit - just write it out but don't forget to express how your people are/would be feeling (i.e., Tom is nervous, Sally is excited and has been waiting for this moment for months, they both are horny, etc, lol)

Even if you're a virgin and don't know all that much about sex or what a penis feels like, etc, it doesn't mean that you can't fake it until you make it.

Sometimes you have to go out and do your own damn research.





  • A penis/fingers don't just go in the butt/vagina like magic -- both need to be properly lubricated AND prepped before any penetration occurs. I'm not a guy but I'm sure it's not comfortable to be jerked off dry -- wet the penis with your saliva/mouth/lube before trying to rub one out for him. And yes, some men appreciate ball play. Don't ignore the balls.

  • It might be possible to 'cum within minutes' but realistically, you need to do some fooling around/foreplay for a bit before you can even think about having an orgasm because it's not something that happens within a few seconds. It takes time, so don't rush it.

  • Yes, when aroused, the nipples get hard/some elongate. Also when aroused, blood rushes to the sex (vagina/penis) thus creating a boner for men and an enlarged clit/vulva for women. Blood literally rushes to these areas and they swell, not in a painful way, so they will undoubtedly change/feel different vs when you're not turned on.

  • I know the majority of people love to pretend the gag reflex doesn't exist and also like to pretend that cum tastes like candy... now look, I've never tasted cum before but I'm willing to be that 99.9% of the time it doesn't take like anything that you want to be swallowing. I've read some things, and sometimes it can have an off taste that isn't unbearable to swallow and sometimes there's an actual taste of something that literally makes women gag. So if you're aiming at being realistic, what I like do when it comes to one of my characters swallowing, I don't mention taste at all. Just don't even talk about it. And when it comes to the gag reflex, it's okay if your characters can't swallow the dick. She/he/they do not have to be a deep throat master. Suck on half of the dick and gently jack-off the rest. That's perfectly fine!



I'm sure there's more that I can add to this, but for now, you should get the gist of it all: be detailed but don't only focus on the sexual acts, have emotions in the scene, and actually know how the body works when aroused... from there, creating the rest of your sex scene is up to you.


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