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Erotica is not a genre I read, but the lusting male gaze in some fantasy and sci-fi - I cannot say that I always find it offensive. On the contrary - I can find it quite pleasant. I want to be lusted after this way. Which is, I think, the key to your question: consider how a woman would want to be wanted, and how she wouldn't want to be wanted. What are ...


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You could be vague and mention him feeling his trousers or pants "getting tighter", or something of the like. It's pretty much the standard imagery used to represent an erection without actually mentioning anything, and it's also a quite accurate physical description that your male readers will have no problems identifying. For pretty much the same reasons, ...


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Liquid's answer is good, but I would like to specifically focus on one way of doing it; chiefly, mention the awkward feelings one gets in such situations. Men, especially young men, aren't exactly comfortable with inappropriately-timed erections, so given this is from the male's perspective, you have a lot of fun ways to play this off. For example: Myrtle ...


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Sexual tension occurs when two characters are attracted to each other, but where becoming a couple is impossible for one reason or another. For that reason, how you depict it depends on what the obstacle to their happiness is: Do they hate each other? Are they too dedicated to their cause to take time for love? Are they oblivious to their feelings? Are ...


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My sense (as a reader, not someone who's published a YA novel) is that you kind of want to liken it to a PG-13 movie. If it's too graphic for a 13-year-old to be watching in a movie theatre, it's probably too graphic to be published in the YA category. However: 1) as John Smithers points out, that doesn't mean your protagonist can't still be a teenager. ...


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You might find that research isn't quite so important. If you're describing a banquet, you don't need to picture how the guests chew and swallow their food. For the scene with the two guys, you can focus on the foreplay - kissing, caressing, nibbling, petting, arousal, i.e all the things a person of either gender can imagine as pleasurable - and pay less ...


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introduce a... very well-endowed character. How do I write this so that I get the point across that she's that way, but not making it sound overly lewd or off-putting? I thought it was cute reading you describe it in just that way. Talk around it, politely and awkwardly. It's funny because it's about someone's embarrassment. Make the MC the butt of the joke ...


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The crucial question, which will help you figure out how to write this, is: why is this detail important. And that question has two angles: Why is it important to your story? Why is it important to your viewpoint character, at the specific point you want to get the information across? These two questions can have the same answer (e.g. "the friend is sick ...


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My question is which variation would be more attractive to agents, publishers, and the reading public? That is, which variations would sell best? Which is the more attractive drink: chardonnay, or cherry flavored Coca-Cola? You described three wildly different books. Books two and three are only superficially similar; removing the sex doesn't turn an ...


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This question borders on "what to write" instead of "how to write", so I will concentrate on the latter. If your character has masturbated, he has had erections. Probably every day, since teen age boys do. If he is "reserved" and doesn't like to think in crude terms, then he will have invented his own words for this phenomenon. Changing "masturbation" to "...


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Don't mention the erection at all. As he is about to be smothered in breasts, switch to descriptions of everything he is using to mentally distract himself from having a sexual reaction. Perhaps, make it more of a "battle", attacking one of his senses at a time. First the image of her breasts up close which he fights back with other visual imagery that is ...


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In our real world, couples almost always have sexual tension right before they are both certain that the other one wants to get physical. It's also a struggle when it's inappropriate for the two to have a sexual relationship so each person tries to deny the attraction. I remember being a teenager and this guy kept "accidentally" bumping his hand next to ...


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It is absolutely certainly legal for what you describe to appear in literature. Consider, for instance, that Juliet was 14 when she married and had sex with Romeo. A more modern example: Song of Ice and Fire; Daenerys is 13 when she is married off to Khal Drogo, with their sex receiving multiple descriptions. For a milder example, similar to what you ...


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The best thing you can do in this scenario is read - prolifically - in your genre. Research what works for you, what gets your juices flowing ( so to speak :) ) and what reads like nails down a blackboard. Reading takes time though, so if you want to read prolifically and have the funds to do it, sign up for an audiobook site. I use Audible. You will get ...


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The possibilities are endless: "Chubby Checker is doing his stand up routine" "From little acorns, mighty oaks do grow." "You know The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams? Well, the lark has ascended." Pretty much anything in that situation that a young man says, which refers to anything rising or growing, is going to be construed as being a reference to ...


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What you are describing is often called a "fade to black" (after the movie technique of fading to a black screen just as a the 'action' starts, and then opening on a new scene the next morning), and is very common in all genres. There is no hard and fast rule as to whether or not you need to include a sex scene, so here are some pointers. What are the ...


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The problem I see is the double standard in sexualization. It seems much more acceptable nowadays for women to a have a lusty look on (attractive) men than the other way around. The cause for this might be the still living cliché that men tend to only think this way while women 'just do it for fun'. But this discussion is not the main point here. ...


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IMO, pornography is realistic enough; seek out the "homemade" variety. I think you can tell if these are scripted or being "acted". Particularly if there is any hint of role playing; it isn't realistic, and probably if there are multiple camera angles, it isn't realistic. (An exception for iPhone video, where the hand holding it can move about). At least ...


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Amazon's content guidelines are notoriously nonspecific. Offensive Content What we deem offensive is probably about what you would expect. I assume there are multiple reasons for this: Offensive material is hard to narrow down to a set of well-defined guidelines (your question demonstrates an edge case for a seemingly-simple "no bestiality" rule). ...


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I'm thinking of two factors to keep in mind: 1) consider the reasons why you need to describe those details. How do they enrich the scene? What do they tell about the characters involved? and so on. By doing so, you will make sure that every word you'll choose will be fit to the scene. 2) consider the characters involved: who they are, what do they usually ...


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Don't give a trigger warning in a book! Unless you're writing an actual nonfiction guide for rape survivors, a warning like that would be not just unnecessary but apt to get you ridiculed. It's simply not done. People who are themselves survivors, or who don't want to read about violence, or kids who are reading adult books, use reviews and word-of-mouth ...


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Comics have an age rating system similar to videogames, but it's not completely standardized. Marvel and DC, the biggest comics producers, have slightly different systems from each other. And here's yet another system for English language Manga. They're all based mostly on ages but they divide them up differently. 13+, 15+, 16+, etc. Comixology (the ...


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Tell it in narration. You have plenty of opportunity to show this character's social pathology in her adult life. And plenty of material to do it with. This establishes her personality and the lengths she's willing to go to get what she wants. The purpose of including these events in her childhood are to show that her personality was well established ...


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Try and include a bit of wit between the characters. Provide moments in your story whereby, there is a display of short and concise, witty one-liners. These are bounced between the characters like a tennis match, back-and-forth between the two. To think of it abstractly - imagine a point scoring system, if one provides a short, succinct and humorous ...


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I'm not well versed in romance novels, but I did run across this stuff while I was researching for a game I was writing. So while I can't tell you anything about origins, I can tell you some pretty basic stuff about the heat/sensuality system. That's what this is called, in case you want to look it up. First and foremost, this system is not standardized... ...


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Videogames with sexual content do exist. Bioware's Mass Effect and Dragon Age franchises offer "vanilla" sex, same-sex sex, BDSM sex, interspecies sex. All of it loving, consenting, and heart-warming. All of it story-relevant. None of it actually shows any "naughty bits" - it's mostly smart camera angles, but there are mods that change that, for those ...


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You need to ask a lawyer. I am not a lawyer, but it is my understanding that in some States (of the USA) it is illegal to portray, even in simulation, animation or cartoon form, sexualized scenes of children, and nudity counts, and your game would probably be considered "sexualized" since you have other scenes with exposed genitalia and penetration. You don'...


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Portray the emotions of your viewpoint character. In general, when using a limited viewpoint you should only be describing the details that your viewpoint character notices. And how you describe a detail should depend on how they notice it. Is your viewpoint character jealous? Is she sympathetic? Amazed? How comfortable is she with direct descriptions, or ...


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You provide very little detail, more would help. I've had a girlfriend who barely fit into DD, and used it mostly because E is rare. Her main thoughts about her breasts during ordinary daily life were not erotic, but practical. These things are heavy, can cause back pain, many clothes will be a very tight fit and/or simply uncomfortable. You can't ...


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