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Writing smut; A guide

Disclaimer: This guide is for mature audiences only. Please be aware this is my own methods of writing, and is by no means, the only way to do so.

When roleplaying, smut is without fail, a common occurrence between you and your RP partner. While some may avoid it, others tread cautiously, and others yet approach it with reckless abandon, it’s best to know that first and foremost, smut can be methodical. It is, as any writer will tell you, tedious, repetitive, and can be rather boring in execution. However, there are reasons for this of which will be highlighted in this guide. It would do you well, to note, that proper smut if written well, is not the focus of the writing. Remember, it is not about the act itself in which some sort of penetration occurs [we all know how sex goes], but it is in the circumstances that surround it. 

Often, in my own case I’ve found that smut is a rather boring undertaking, and have since refrained from involving myself in such. My advice [though I’m not sure how many will adhere to this] is to involve yourself in this type of roleplay minimally. There is nothing wrong with it in its own right, but as is the situation with many a great novel or book, it is not about the lust of the characters, so much as it is about the story. It must, I repeat…smut, must be a supporting edge to your piece [in my own humble opinion], rather than a requirement. 

Know Your Character:

Before beginning the undertaking of involving oneself into smut at all, you must know who your character is in their entirety. First and foremost, who are they? Are they experienced in the act, or are they a virgin, dabbling into unknown territory for the first time? Remember that your reactions must be appropriate to the character. A virgin’s first time would not necessarily be wrought with moans, or even lust; a virgin’s first time, can very well be unpleasant. Even the second or third time, may yield that. In this regard, if you wish to portray the proper reaction as is pertinent to your character, do not by any means, sacrifice who they are for the sake of your roleplay partner. Do not make them moan to appease them, if you wish to divulge into an unpleasant experience.

Often, I’ve actually seen that smut does not get plotted out and is simply jumped into, writers thinking that it will take its course as it will, that being a steamy ending on a satisfied note. You, as the writer, would do well to remember that this is not always the case, and to maintain a realistic approach in this regard, consider plotting with your partner before you embark. Allow them to know what kind of mood you are going for, or what your character’s experiences are in this aspect of their life. They may or may not be sexually active, and it is good to respect those bounds.

Consider the Situation:

Consider the situation your character is in; not every situation yields passionate sex. What type of physical engagement is occurring here? Are you, the writer, portraying your character involved in experimentation at a young age, say, early to mid-teens? Or, is the act being engaged in by two experienced individuals? Perhaps, your character is involved in harmless groping, a rape scene, or in some sort of BDSM. No matter the case, remember that in order for the appropriate reaction to occur, you must know the situation your character has gotten themselves into. I repeat, not all smut should be written in such a way as “enjoyable”, and should instead, be handled on a realistic level. The quirks, the odd habits, the shy or assertive natures of the characters should come out, and they should do so as is related to what event they find themselves in where any of this occurs. Do not simply say, make a lewd approach received from one individual via a grope of the ass on a late night train, pleasurable to your character. Be realistic. In reality, the proper reaction [for most anyway], would be to cry out, or be fearful of the situation. Sexual harassment occurs, and is best to be treated as such.

Never make it About the Act Alone:

Smut, as I’ve said repeatedly, can get boring. The reason for this is too often when roleplaying it out, many are simply interested in reading something heated or passionate, and are more interested in the fuck itself, rather than the story surrounding it. My best advice would be to never make it about the act itself. A good piece of writing when involved in this may or may not divulge into detail. While detail is good and certainly may not hurt the piece [it is all up to the writer, really], be aware that there is a buildup before any physical “union” if you will, occurs. And I don’t mean foreplay. I mean, that the most interesting smut is the involving chemistry. It is delving into the quick glance a character takes at another on the most base level of attraction, perhaps the slight brush of the hand against their arm. It is about the fear one inhibits, from the stare a rather unkempt and unpleasant figure of a 50 year old man, when his eyes linger on the young female from across the bar. Remember to buildup. Like any good story, smut is a story in itself. You must have your setup, your confrontation and following the climax, and the resolution. Don’t just jump into it blindly; allow the chemistry of the two characters involved in it to develop properly. Remember, it is not a moment that stands alone in time; it is an entire history, that got them to that point.

Resolution:

Finally, on these points know how to end the smut properly. I am a victim of not ending an act of smut resourcefully, as I often lose interest in the roleplaying of it myself. Thus, every response within it is much like pulling teeth. By the end of it all I really want to do is make my character assumingly fall asleep on the bed, pick up pants and leave the room, or, if I’m feeling rather bold, simply end the act before they even reach some sort of orgasm. In all honesty, by the time you are finished replying to it, is not in the least bit attractive. There is no suspense, there is only a very much anticipated ending, and a mundane one at that. Seeing as I still struggle with this, my best resolution to the resolution [heh], would be to not allow your character to be shafted in this right. Change it up. Make, in the act of the smut, the characters doing something interesting say, arguing over who will take the kids to school in the morning [as some couples may do], rather than being fully in tune to the pleasure they are receiving or giving. Thus, when they do reach their peak, there is an actual story revolving around for them to continue on about, not simply that they are sweaty, tired, and satiated. Which does, actually, bring me another point I forgot to mention; know the type of relationship your character has with others. That being, if your character’s been with their RP partner for say, 20 or so years, don’t expect the act of sex to be fiery and lust-ridden. More than likely, both individuals will be looking for ways to rejuvenate their sex life, rather than finding it immediately gratifying.

Now, on to the basics of writing smut itself.

Pace Yourself:

When actually writing smut, pace yourself. By this, I mean, don’t be afraid to simply take it slow, and not to rush into the midst of it. Create, as I’ve highlighted before in this post, a setting and a story for your characters to revolve about before the act. Build the chemistry, and allow it to flourish. If there is no chemistry that actually occurs between the characters, don’t be afraid to let it go. You are not bound by the plot, and shouldn’t be. If there is an issue, bring it up with the person you are writing with, they should be more than understanding. And if they aren’t, then perhaps roleplaying isn’t for them. However, again, be willing to take it slow.

Stimulate the Senses:

If you are going to write smut, at least do so with a ferocity, no? Smut is similar to intense scenes in my opinion, as a means to evoke a response from both the reader and the character alike. Make sure that your smut is purposeful, and not haphazard. If the emotion you wish to portray is a sense of fear rather than intimacy, be sure to describe the actions the character portrays in such a way that would do so. For example, maybe in one instance, the individual gets rough but instead of simply portraying the violence, add variance to it. The variance could involve having the character go from manhandling the other, to caressing them at the smallest act of obedience, crooning to them. Successful smut taking a “fearful” route, has undertones of sexual arousal, rather than blatant, in-your-face ones. Furthermore, anything to do with that particular emotion [if you wish to become successful at it] should be married with spontaneity. As humans, we fear what we do not know, or what we cannot fathom and expect of any given situation. Allow it to thrive off of that concept, and consistently throw your partner off by doing so.

Similarly, on the other hand, portraying a more intimate side requires you also stimulate the senses in lust and romance [it really depends on the route you decide to take]. On this side of things, doing so in my opinion is rather easy. All it really takes is heightening the level of attraction/chemistry the character is feeling, and brining that about in the physical sense. By that, I mean to focus on minute details. Talk about the way the slightest touch against the brow, the tip of one’s forefinger hovering over it seemed to draw heat from the skin, making it fiercely hot. Touch alone should be a quest writers are not afraid to undertake, as it is very much based in a physical experience when writing sex itself, and should be expanded upon.

Be Fearless:

My best advice is as long as you will do this at all, don’t be afraid. When I first began to write smut, I found it awkward to say the least, and rather intimidating. But mainly, don’t let your character be bound by your hesitation to write out in detail a scene no matter how grotesque in detail or not, if this is what you wish to do. As a writer you first need to come to your own terms on what you are willing to do or not, and accept the lengths you want to go. If you do not do that and decide to write anyway, you’ll find yourself caught up in things you shouldn’t be, such as the fact that the writing may make you more uncomfortable than you realized. Know your boundaries.

Experiment:

Last but not least, don’t be afraid to experiment. Both in your writing style of it itself and in what your character does, but also in say, wordplay or variation in plot. No matter what the case is, discuss it with your partner first if you feel that wherever you may take it is “out of bounds”. If not, then at least be bold enough to try new things and arise to challenges. Smut is not an easy task to take on, and often, more than not, requires an open mind and a creative one to its approach.

Resources [as requested by the Anon]:

Quantity:

Often, the length of this particular writing is hard to expand upon; especially, when you’re not given much to work with, with whom you are involved. My best suggestion is if you wish to make it a lengthier piece of work? Again, follow the tips above. And do not simply make it methodical. Writing about sex and the actions a character undergoes to achieve pleasure is not in the least bit intriguing or interesting in any way due to its predictability. If you wish to write an engaging piece, employ many methods of doing so and think outside the box. Do not limit yourself to the act alone.

Choice Words:

Warning: I suggest you use this list minimally as needed. Don’t use it to flower up your every adjective, or to make yourself seem the more competent writer. Apply it only as you would naturally, and only as you understand the limitations of your own vocabulary. I myself [when looking for variation in text] would not use a word that I have never before seen, or realistically would not actually use to describe the action.

Appetite
Ardor
Aggravate
Amplify
Assault
Bulge
Burrow
Bask
Buck
Bemoan
Carnality
Chafe
Clout
Charge
Convulse
Dilate
Drive
Deprecate
Enlarge
Enhance
Extend
Enflame
Embed
Fervor
Feverish
Flourish
Flow
Flush
Flutter
Gluttonous
Grieve
Gripe
Growl
Grunt
Heave
Hump
Impale
Inflate
Ignite
Inflame
Interject
Jostle
Jolt
Libido
Lewd
Lunge
Lament
Plump
Protrude
Perspire
Pierce
Plunge
Propel
Protest
Pound
Pressure
Pulse
Quiver
Quake
Ram
Ripple
Sensual
Surge
Swell
Sear
Seethe
Singe
Snivel
Thrust
Thirst
Throb
Tremor
Tremble
Whimper
Wail

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