The new HWSWA post is up. . (Thank you, Jinx!)
• I put up my bit on scenes.
• He put up his bit on scenes plus sex and violence.
• I pointed out that sex and violence wasn’t until next week.
• He said it was on his schedule.
• I gave in and we talked about scenes (a little) and sex and violence (more) and then he used his dog Gus as an excuse to bail and leave me to talk about sex.
• I did some more discussion on action scenes (aka sex and violence).
• A week later he e-mailed me to say, “So it’s sex and violence this week, right? That’s what’s on my schedule.”
• I did not kill him. I was possibly rude, but he still lives.
Next week is Time. Prologues, epilogues, flashbacks, flashforwards. That’s when he dies.
8 thoughts on “HWSWA: Scenes, Sex and Violence, Snark”
Okay, learning to internet here. No link up, and Google search took me to dozens of unrelated places, so I thought “maybe last week’s post has some connection from topic to topic?”
Yay education. 🙂
Oh, hell. We really did have awful weeks.
🙂 It was probably an accidental miracle, but for some reason it worked, and you’re very welcome!
But what I want to know is what’s with Bob and the complexities of time travel if he can’t quire figure out a weekly discussion schedule? I thought action heroes were supposed to on top of things like “Scenes & Action 0800 hours and counting” type of stuff?
We have both been going through three kinds of hell (separately), so it’s a miracle the chats are going up on time. I have no idea what schedules he was looking at it, but he’s had two eye surgeries in two weeks, so the whole “looking” part may be the problem.
How do you tell if your sex scene has enough pay-off for your readers? It has point, it has purpose, but I’ve stared at it for so long that I can’t tell anymore if it delivers enough. I’m also reminded of a conversation here years ago about one of your collaborations and the garden where sex doesn’t happen.
Ah, Dogs and Goddesses. We shamed Lani until there was sex in the garden. Or whatever that was. Courtyard, I think.
From a story point of view, if the scene (any scene) advances plot and character arc, you’re good.
If you’re talking about erotic bang for your buck, then it depends on your reader. One reader’s “that was hot” is another reader’s “Oh, ick, call MeToo” and another reader’s “Vanilla, yawn.”
The key to a sex scene is to make sure one of them dies immediately afterward.
‘that’s when he dies’
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