How do you get in the right mindset for writing or editing steamy scenes? Mine is spelled WINE and NUTELLA.
Can not get enough.
Most of you will gasp in horror and shake your head at my ignorance, but I do actually prefer a glass of cold, crispy white wine over that favorite rich red one of yours. I need to grow up, I know, but I’m not turning thirty until next week so give me a break and let me stall it for a little while longer.
My current favorite is the organic “Crudo” from Sicily (Italy). The taste’s described as “fruity, youthful, flowery with slight sweetness, notes of pear, peach, mandarin, honeydew melon and elder berry”. As you can see – a complete winner (for your tastebuds, not your editor).
I’ve mentioned in an earlier blog post that one of my best tips for writing steamy scenes is to become the characters, to feel what they feel (check it out here). I’ve also suggested that you throw all thoughts of who’s going to read what you’re writing straight out the window. Thinking about your mother-in-law will kill your creative process. No, in a matter of fact, it’ll slaughter it, cut it to pieces and feed it to the pigs. You get what I’m trying to say.
Become the characters. Period.
But I do have a few other suggestions:
- Do have some wine. It’s Monday afternoon, so what? At one time in history, someone joked “write drunk, edit sober” (often wrongly cited to Hemingway; he was known to have a drink or two, but no researchers have ever found him writing or saying this), but there’s some wisdom to it. If your mind’s spinning with everyday tasks, children, finances, relationships etc., it can be difficult to tune in to that more sensual side. Apart from that it’s so darned delicious, a glass of wine can also help you relax a bit and ease you into that sensuality.
- Snack it up! Sure, we want to be healthy and get all of that right nutrition and everything, but while you’re having a glass of wine anyway – why not pair it with your favorite snack? Mine happen to be as sinful as Nutella, but I don’t know, for someone it might be a piece of celery……..
- Music, people. Music. Let me share what’s on in the background as I’m setting my mind right for the task:
TiO – ZAYN
I Got You (I Feel Good) – Jessie J
Dusk till Dawn (Luca Lush Remix) – ZAYN
I Put a Spell on You (Fifty Shades of Grey) – Annie Lennox
Ride (feat. Macy Maloy) – Chase Rice
Te Siento – Wisin & Yandel
Bad Things – Machine Gun Kelly
Strip it Down – Luke Bryan
Slow Hands – Niall Horan
All Night Long – Gabriel Antonio
Good luck – and keep it steamy.
That’s all for now,
hej så länge!