A to Z Challenge
For the challenge, I’m focusing on the A to Z of reading and writing romance novels. This series of posts will contain Adult Content (including naughty words) – especially in this post. So, if you’re really young or don’t enjoy dirty things, just don’t read it. No harm, no foul. Otherwise…enjoy. 🙂
C – is for what I like to call the “hard c”
And just what is the hard c? Well dear, sex scenes in romance/erotic novels can get detailed and explicit. (Some authors take the classy route and refer to sex in vague terms or just show the characters waking up the next day – but that’s not what we’re going to talk about. And aren’t you glad?😉 )
There are a lot of words (some are quite creative) that authors can employ to discuss their characters’ naughty bits. The most popular pairs of words would be 1) the soft p (you don’t really need me to name them, do you? They’re the words that start with the letter “p”). My best friend and I have nicknamed the words the “soft p’s” because p is a soft sound…it’s chill, it’s calm, it’s not going to jump out at you in the middle of the night and make you pee your pants.
Then, there are 2) the hard c’s. They’re a little rougher, a little harsher…and they’ve got a bit of an edge to them. And why is that? Well, my friend and I have decided that it’s largely because of the hard c sound at the beginning of the word.
Now, I have no problem with the use of cock in a story, love scene or otherwise, or the use of it in general. (I did warn you that I was going to use naughty words. But, hey at least I buried it at the end, for the safety of those who didn’t want to see adult content.)
But the female equivalent of the hard c – referred to in the “I love my healed heart” series by Sabrina Lacey as “c.u.next.time” – is another story Now, this word, I am not a fan of – the biggest reason is that it’s often used as a slur. Does that mean that I throw a book across the room in disgust when I see it in a romance novel love scene? Well, no. I mean, I love my iPad too much to hurt it (I mostly just cuddle it). But the word does bring me out of the novel world for a moment and I definitely make a face when I read it.
Moral of the story? Word choices are important, whether you’re writing a moving scene in the next great American novel or a mounting scene in smut. 😉