As we get down to the wire for editorial tweaks to The Five-Day Dig, I took one last look at the sex scene last night. Yes, there’s only one sex scene, and — as you’ll hear — I wasn’t even sure about including that.
Throughout multiple rounds of self-edits, I’ve never felt sure about how graphically to treat the sex. As I’ve mentioned before, the book feels to me like general fiction (maybe mystery) with “strong romantic elements” rather than a flat-out romance. So if it attracts people who don’t usually read romance, the sex could come as a shock to them.
On the other hand, the sex an important experience for the characters, and since I’m coming from a romance background, I’ve described it in quite a bit of detail. My philosophy about writing sex (absorbed in a workshop or article somewhere during my writing “career”) is that you shouldn’t edit — well, you should edit for craft, but not to censor yourself. Of course, I’m sure just about everyone self-censors. (Or don’t they?)
The other reason I don’t want to leave the scene behind closed doors (that is, delete it) is that I spent a lot of time writing it, and I like it. The beta readers who I asked about it seemed to like it, too. So …there it is.
If you think it might shock you, you can always skip a couple of pages when you sense it coming. (You should be able to sense it coming.)Tweet this