I’ve finally had my first WTF moment with my Madness over the weekend. It was so bad I literally faced palmed myself and stopped reading.
Here’s what happened. As I was reading through one of the chapters, I came across one of the few sex scenes in the novel. I knew it was there. I knew it wasn’t that good when I read it the first time. But it was so bad I couldn’t even get through it! In short: WORSE SEX SCENE EVER! WTF!
So now I’m feeling a little…discouraged. That scene needs a MAJOR rewrite, but I have absolutely no idea how to fix it. Now granted, I’ve written a few sex scenes, but they were never…okay, they all suck. So I shy away from them. However, because sex is now something major for Langston I can’t just leave them out. That would be cheating her, myself, and the readers of her adjusting to sex and eventually enjoying it again.
I read somewhere that sometimes authors get a little too “invested” in their characters and that may be the case here. In some ways, Langston is a manifestation of myself. And because her first time after the rape was…a little nerve-wracking when there’s a break in the action, perhaps that’s why it read like an instruction manual.
So now I have a few choices.
- Gloss over the sex scene.
- Delete the sex scene and pretend it never existed.
- Rewrite the sex scene.
- Rewrite the whole chapter
- Bang my head against the wall.
HELP! What should I do? Has anyone else ever written a painfully awkward sex scene? How’d you fix it? I’m open to any and all suggestions!