Sexual Tension and Intimacy

Sexual Tension and Intimacy (copyright 1998 by Kerri-Leigh Grady)>>
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and The 12 Stages of Intimacy (by Linda Howard)>>
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Using action and body language, expressions and intimacy
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Facial Expressions>>
The set of the jaw, lifting of a brow, eyes/eyelids or no eye contact. Define the expression, have fun. Can you make it add to the sexual tension?
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Body Language>>
This is what the other character sees and interprets from the other viewpoint character. Interaction between the hero and heroine are required to rev up the tension. A touch, a look.
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To increase pace and tension use shorter sentences but be sure to provide some grounding clues about what action is going on at the moment.
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The 12 Stages of Intimacy by Linda Howard>>
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Remember to spread these stages out not dump them all in chapter one. Let is progress naturally. Don’t skip anything major either. First kiss and first sexual intercourse (unless your writing sweet romance) are vital. So is talking, eye contact. The hero and heroine must be aware they are experiencing each of these, or it won’t do much to increase the sexual tension. >>
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*Eye to body. The old once-ver, except it happens in an fraction of an instant. Only a few significant details are absorbed. Attraction occurs or it doesn’t.>>
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*Eye to eye. Eye contact is sustained only between intimates. If a stranger stares, it’s considered rude or an act of aggression.>>
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*Voice to voice. Ranges from small talk to intimate.>>
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*Hand to hand. This requires some trust. Hand to arm counts here, too. (man’s excuse to get his hands on her, by guiding her.)>>
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*Arm to shoulder. May be a hug.>>
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*Arm to waist. Can be sexual, especially if ”waist” is considered the small of the back. Men won’t do this to another man.>>
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*Mouth to mouth. Full frontal contact during a kiss.>>
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*Hand to head. Requires trust.>>
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*Hand to body. Any body part—breast, shoulder, chest...>>
*Mouth to breast.>>
*Hand to genitals>>
*Genitals to genitals.>>
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Numbers 1 through 9 can be done in public.>>