Creating Intimate Scenes without Going All the Way with Deb Bailey

Craft Creating Intimate Scenes without Going All the Way with Deb Bailey

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Class Length
2 Weeks
What's your favorite heat level for your books? Steamy or super-hot? Or maybe you'd rather leave the details behind closed doors. There's nothing wrong with showing everything or keeping it all under wraps. But you can still stir the reader's emotions while leaving some things under the covers.

It's not what you show, it's how you make the reader feel. Find out how to stir your characters' passions (and your reader's) using descriptive words and imagery.
We'll cover:
  • The build-up – why foreplay is important for your reader
  • Intimacy without going all the way – it's the simple gestures that tell the story for the reader
  • How to develop your own list of words and phrases that you can pull from to stimulate ideas and heat up the action
  • Less is more - how to decide when you should go all the way, or pull back
  • Being a tease – why it's best if the big moment doesn't come too quickly
Class Format
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Deborah Bailey
Start date
Apr 18, 2022 at 9:00 AM
End date
May 2, 2022 at 12:50 AM
Registration end date
Apr 21, 2022 at 12:50 AM
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I always enjoy Deborah's classes, this one especially. Her writing examples always show how things should effectively be accomplished. Whether you put sex on the page or lead up to a closed-door, Intimate Scenes without Going All the Way, is about learning to show characters' thoughts, emotions and myriad senses to create powerful scenes of intimacy. There are so many ways to approach lovemaking--without the mechanics--than I ever considered. Deborah's own writing examples opened my eyes to the effectiveness of showing the many ways a reader can experience the characters' intimacy: a simple look, a gesture or a few private words or full on sex. Understanding the arsenal of "tools" a writer can use to write these scenes, I now know that there are more options than tab A and tab B.

Deborah's feedback on class homework is always inciteful and helpful. I think this is a class any writer of romance should take.