Writing Tip Wednesday – Sex Scenes

Posted October 4, 2017 by Julie in Writing Tip Wednesday / 9 Comments

JA Huss


Welcome to Video Eight of The Perfect Story. In this video we’re going to talk about writing sex scenes. I’m gonna do my best to explain the difference between erotica and erotic romance, what readers want and expect in a sex scene and how to make the most of them in your story. I’ll also talk a little about limits. Because DISTRIBUTORS HAVE LIMITS and you need to know them before you start writing sexy books.

If you’re just coming in on this series and haven’t yet seen the previous videos they are linked below.

Middles and Scenes
Hooks and Endings
Sex Scenes
Literary Devices


My Son has started a book cover design business!


And I have a few exciting things to tell you as well. ONE that I will share today, is that my son has started a cover design business. It’s called Cool Guy Covers and he makes pre-mades and custom covers for romance and SF/F right now and will be expanding into other genres soon. So if you’re looking for a new cover, go check out the pre-mades he’s got up for sale right now and see if there’s anything you like. AND TO CELEBRATE HIS NEW VENTURE, I’m hosting a speical $20 giveaway if you go like him on social media.


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About JA Huss

JA Huss is the New York Times Bestselling author of 321 and has been on the USA Today Bestseller’s list 21 times in the past four years. She writes characters with heart, plots with twists, and perfect endings.

Her books have sold millions of copies all over the world, the audio version of her semi-autobiographical book, Eighteen, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award and an Audie Award in 2016 and 2017 respectively, her audiobook, Mr. Perfect, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award in 2017, and her audiobook, Taking Turns, was nominated for an Audie Award and Voice Arts Award in 2018. In May 2018 MGM Television optioned five of her books (Slack, Guns, Come, Come Back, and Coming For You – collectively called THE COMPANY) for a TV Series. She and Johnathan are partners in that TV series project — in fact, they started out writing the teleplay for The Company and soon after found themselves writing novels together too.

Johnathan McClain is her first (and only) writing partner and even though they are worlds apart in just about every way imaginable, it works.

She lives on a ranch in Central Colorado with her family.

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9 responses to “Writing Tip Wednesday – Sex Scenes

  1. Thank you Julie! Another great Writing Tip. So glad to have them back. Love what you said about sex scenes adding to the story and not just in the book to make it steamy. I have always thought that sex scenes are just as important to a book as any other scene. Plus, it’s a great way to get characters to be raw & vulnerable and reveal things about themselves they wouldn’t normally reveal. As if the sex broke a hole in the wall they built around themselves. Anyway, that’s my two cents.
    As always, great video and I love the covers your son is doing!

  2. Jordyn White

    Yay! I was so excited when I saw this. (Um… no pun intended.) It was great to hear your thoughts on this, as this is an area I’m currently working on. Congrats on the new house and I’m glad things are settling down for you. Thanks again for all your hard work putting this together for us. 🙂

  3. Teri

    Well worth the wait. As always great content. Covers are awesome. You can tell he had a great teacher and talent is in the genes! If I ever finish my damn book I’ll definitely contact him. Your videos inspire not to give up. Please consider more for 2018!

    Looking forward to your announcement… let me predict there’s a movie deal in your future? Love to see the super heros come to life!

  4. Hi Julie! Thanks so much for this!! I am so excited to see that you’re back to posting them. The perfect year was a real learning experience and has helped me immensely over the past year. I know you talked about your plotting before and the pacing, but how in depth do you go with your outlines. I’ve been struggling to find the best way for me to get my words out on the page and stcking to an outline. I thought I was a plotter, but I always end up pantsing.