A sex scene survival guide for romance authors: Naughty Words for Nice Writers

If you’ve ever tried to write a sex scene, you quickly realize that English is more of a hindrance than a help. English words for sex are either clinical or crude. (You’d think maybe we weren’t supposed to talk about sex!).

I wrote Naughty Words for Nice Writers, a Sexual and Spanking Thesaurus, because nothing like it existed. Conventional thesauruses didn’t contain the word categories I needed, and online lists contained ridiculous words an author could never use in a romance. Naughty Words contains synonyms you can actually use as well as tips for writing sex scenes. Because one of the genres I write is spanking romance, it also contains a complete section on spanking terms.

The official Naughty Words for Nice Writers blurb

If you’ve struggled to find the right tone for your romantic sex scene, stared at the computer for 15 minutes trying to come up with the perfect verb, become stymied because some terms are too crude while others are too flowery, or found yourself reusing the same words over and over, Naughty Words for Nice Writers, A Sexual and Spanking Thesaurus can help you break through those barriers. USA Today bestselling author Cara Bristol has written a guide to help you find the erotic words to write a sex scene that sizzles.

Naughty Words for Nice Writers is packed with more than 1,200 usable, functional synonyms geared for romance, erotic romance, and erotica. Included are 28 different “erotic word lists” such as male and female anatomy, foreplay, orgasm, specific sexual acts and kink, sexual noises, spanking terminology, and much more. The guide offers suggestions on how to write a sex scene and how to tighten your writing so it sings.

With an emphasis on verbs, this guide will help you “show” the intimacy between your characters rather than tell it. Whether you’re writing a “fade to black” scene or a graphic and explicit one, Naughty Words for Nice Writers will give you the words.

Naughty Words for Nice Writers is available in ebook and paperback.

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