Good morning, Friends, Romans, and/or Countrymen!
I don’t need your ears, but your eyes and your thoughts. You can have both back when I’m done with them.
I have a quick question, which is mostly for my writerly friends, but those of you who are strictly readerly can jump in with your thoughts, too, please and thank you.
The question is about sex. Yes, I know where babies come from. My question is, how do you decide how much is too much?
Not that I’m dealing with this right now in anything that I’m writing. Nope, no sir. Just a question. There is nothing happening in anyone’s kitchen and/or bedroom right now.
I’ve pretty much settled this for myself, both in my YA and adult writing. I’m just wondering how you decide for your work. Do yo write what you’re comfortable with, and if your readers feel like you teased them for X number of pages (or books in a series, heaven help us), that’s just too bad? Do you let your intended audience’s age dictate, or expectations based on your genre? Or is it entirely dictated by the story and characters, and you adjust your own wants or comfort level to that?
Are you more comfortable with the chaste kiss and fade to black, a little more before we cut to a montage of trains entering tunnels, volcanoes erupting, etc.? A tasteful description of the whole she-bang, or full-on “insert tab A into slot B” descriptions?
Readers, what forms your expectations for what you’ll get in a story? Do books usually live up to expectations, or have you ever been shocked by too much or extremely disappointed with not enough?
We’ll talk more about this another day, and I’ll share my own theories, but I want your thoughts first. 🙂