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10-10-2005, 05:17 AM
What's the rule of thumb for how quickly your erotic story needs to, uh, get to the action??? I'm sure it depends on word length and so on but is there sort of a standard length for your set up? ( oh my)


Cathy C
10-10-2005, 05:23 PM
I don't really think there IS a "rule of thumb," per se. Generally, the erotic "action" starts as soon as the characters meet. There is normally at least a substantial physical attraction to the other character, and is usually internalized vividly through mental fantasies or lurid looks. The actual down and dirty can happen quick or slow, according to how the plot flows, but there should be an immediate "Wow!" reaction to the first look or first touch. JMHO! :)

10-10-2005, 08:10 PM
Thanks Cathy, I'm streching my legs a bit with this one!

10-10-2005, 09:14 PM
The rule of thumb is that if you follow too many rules, you forfeit your thumbs...

Rob :)

10-10-2005, 09:17 PM
The norms vary a lot depending on story length, genre and market. Fir an erotic romance novella I try and get there within about 3 chapters but I could probably get away with waiting long if the plot required it.