Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints – The Hot Sweaty Sex Edition

love_holding_handsWhat better way to wrap up Valentine’s week than with a little hot, sweaty sex?


For the last few weeks we’ve been talking about writing (or not writing, as the case may be) sex scenes.  If you missed the posts, you can check them out here, here, here, here, and here.  It’s an interesting topic and one that has no real right or wrong answers.  What works for one reader may leave another cold, bored, dissatisfied, or skipping ahead.

I did a little research via my own bookshelves and found that, as a reader, I’m not even consistent about which scenes work for me and which don’t.  One of the “didn’t work for me” scenes was 27 pages long.   I’m still not entirely certain exactly what happened and I’m pretty sure some things were anatomically impossible.  Conversely, a scene that “did work for me” was almost as long, but had great pacing, a dash of humor, advanced the plot, and left a nice tingly feeling at the end.

What’s a writer to do?

Well, practice for one thing.  Writing that is, though feel free to practice other things as well.

What better way to get comfortable writing sex scenes than with a round of Random Word Improv.   Consider it a little writing foreplay.

Care to join me?

Whether you’re preparing for a long weekend, head-down on your current manuscript, or looking for a little distraction, a few minutes of Random Word Improv are a great way to have a little fun and get some words on the page.


For any of you new to Random Word Improv, here’s how we play:

  1. Pick as many words from the list as you want
  2. Write the first line(s) of a story (or a whole mini-story) incorporating your words
  3. Post your results in the comments section.

All right, let’s get started. Here are today’s randomly selected Gates of Hell inspired words– can’t wait to see what stories you find hidden in the list.

blindfold         position               silk                   heat

exciting           rubber                  flexible            melt

lucky                bed                        kiss                   sticky

shower            naked                   pillow               skin

Are you ready?  Go!

*whistling aimlessly while you are off being creative*

Back already?  Can’t wait to read what you’ve come up with.

Happy writing to all.

7 thoughts on “Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints – The Hot Sweaty Sex Edition

  1. Here’s my entry to start things off. Happy Friday.


    Maggie collapsed back against the pillows and tried to catch her breath, hoping the pain on her left side was a cramp rather than an impending heart attack. Death by orgasm wasn’t quite the ending she’d had in mind when she lured Sam into the bedroom after work, though there were worse ways to go. Brushing a wayward curl off her face, she turned toward him.

    He was stretched out on the bed beside her, staring up at the ceiling, not looking nearly as happy as she’d expected him to. He looked at her. “That was . . .”



    “Oh.” Maggie felt a chill. “You didn’t like it?

    “I never thought I’d say this, but you’re taking the fun out of sex.”

    They were on day 22 of the 30 Positions in 30 Days challenge, based on a bestseller she and her friends had finished last month at the Randy Readers Book Club. Maggie thought the challenge sounded like fun, though alcohol may have played a part in the decision.

    She frowned at Sam. “But you love sex.”

    “Yes, I do. Especially with you.” He smiled and reached for her hand. “But what’s wrong with regular old sex without all the props and weird locations?”

    “I thought we were having fun.”

    “What about shower sex at my parent’s house? I practically broke my neck trying to get away from that burst of cold when the hot water ran out.”

    Maggie winced. “Thank god your parents still have those rubber duck decals in the tub.” She was quiet for a minute and then brightened. “That time in the tree was fun though, wasn’t it?

    Sam nodded. “Great flexibility. I had no idea you could bend that way. Of course the breaking branch at the end kind of put a damper on things.”

    “Oh, right. How are the stitches?”


    Maggie winced again. “Sorry about that.” She sat up and reached for her robe in the tangle of sheets at the foot of the bed. When she looked back at Sam, his face had that friendly, sleepy look that made her skin heat and her brain melt. “I haven’t seen that look in a while.”

    He shrugged. “You’re naked.”

    “That’s all it takes?”

    “I’m a simple man”

    “No complex inner core”

    “Nope. Simple all the way down”

    He looked at her again and Maggie forgot all about the challenge. She dropped her robe and smiled. “I am one lucky girl.”

    He reached for her. “And about to get luckier.”

    Sometimes the simple ways were best.

  2. I’ve been head-achey and pre-flu-ey for the last two weeks, and I have been punishing myself for not playing by not even reading the new sprints that have come up. I keep telling myself tomorrow — and I shall go to bed early so that tomorrow is a definite possibility!

    (-: I want to know which book had a 27-page sex scene which worked! My god, that’s like 10 percent of a book, isn’t it? Hubba-hubba!

    I hope I’ll be back soon!

    • Michaeline, so sorry to hear you have not been feeling well. I was hoping your absence was because you were off writing up a storm. Hope you feel better soon.

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