Monday, January 16, 2012

The Christian Romance Writer Part Two

One of the major things that most romance authors write about is sex.  However, as a Christian romance author this may be one of the hardest things for you to express well in your writing. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that you should not write about sex in your Christian romance novel. Oh no, that’s an absurd idea.  I will say please do it with tact and make sure you remember your reading audience. 

Sex is a topic and action that all Christians agree should be done in the marriage bed.
Still though, you may have characters that don’t know that or are having problems with fornication and this could be a vital storyline for your heroine/hero.  I am suggesting that you do not create work that is overtly erotic in your writings in this genre. It is inappropriate to say the least, and you don’t want to lose your reading audience.

This is probably the hardest part about creating effective Christian romance novels.  It is truly a craft to be explored and not taken lightly.  Sex is essential in relationships and therefore there will be no way for you not to write about it.  Some feel that one must be “fluffy” when it comes to this topic in our work.  I guess I would have to agree however you want to make it realistic and sensual for the reader.  One of my characters in my first novel was a vixen and had plenty of sexual escapades.  However she was living through a spiritual fight within and eventually re-dedicated her life to Christ. 

Writing about sex can be done in Christian romance.  I suggest you do some research and read other authors in this genre to see how others have dealt with the subject.  It is a subject that will come up in the story and how you decide to write about it is up to you.  I would say for our genre, less is more.  You don’t want to create a situation where a reader is turned off by your creative writings that are too suggestive.  This would be the same for using cursing in your writing for this genre which I will blog about later.

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