When I first started writing stories...I put sex in every chapter. It wasn't always necessary, but I did it for...let's say...'entertainment value'. Hehehe! And while I wanted there to be a deeper relationship and a more story driven plot, it was always the icing on the cake for anybody who was reading.
Since those early days, I've grown and matured a bit more, and I choose my moments a bit more carefully. But, I most definitely do add sex scenes into my stories and describe them in detail. Not because I feel obigated to do so, but because it's a realistic depiction of what would happen in those situations. I would personally feel cheated if I was reading this huge build up to this intense romance between teenage boys and all I got was..."And then they had sex." I mean, sure, my imagination would fill in the gaps, and it would be a much more personal experience that would be super erotic and a fantasy that was tailored to my specific likes and ideas of what it would be like. But still...I think I would want a writer to give me a little payoff every now and then.
I don't think it's necessary to tell a good story, though. You can tell an amazing story without it. I've written a lot of Daydream Short stories with no sex at all. Some of them don't involve anything more than a single kiss, and some are just about a boy discovering porn on the internet for the first time, or having a crush on a friend posting pics of himself on Instagram. It can still be erotic without involving sex, and can even be better than the graphic details of a sexual interlude, in my opinion. But, I still like to inject a little adrenaline into my stories when I can. Hehehe! It's fun. And a lot of readers enjoy it. So why not have some fun when the situation calls for it?
Now...there is a 'big head/little head' ratio to think about when I'm writing. Basically (I know how it works for guys, but I assume it affects ladies too), there's a biological blood flow imbalance when it comes to writing erotic stories. Meaning...either you're focused on emotions and plot...or your blood is going down 'below the belt' and you're sexually focused instead. For me? I try to stay somewhere in between. So I describe the sex in my stories, but the whole time I'm also trying to stay in the mindset of the character. His feelings and emotions are still being woven into what's going on sexually. So, I don't mind if people skim through the sex scenes, or skip them entirely...but they might miss something that's crucial to the character's development.
For example, in "My Only Escape", the main character is bottoming for his love interest. And he's a victim of horrendous abuse from his father...but a part of that sex scene is all about how it 'sort of' hurts to be penetrated, but it's a 'good' hurt. It's a pain that he appreciates as opposed to the abuse he suffers from his dad. That's something that I would want readers to absorb and understand. Or in "Billy Chase", he has different kinds of sex. With boys that he just thinks are hot, and boys that he has feelings for, and boys that he just uses to feel good for a while. And then there are the boys that he really invests his heart and soul into. And I think that says a lot about his character, and adds to the story where his feelings and motivations become more clear. It can be done if you approach it with that purpose in mind, and not just adding sex for sex's sake. :P
Anyway, great question, River! Thanks!
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