I was just joking with my sister that she’d be writing any sex scenes for my novel because I’m just out of touch. For different reasons, Tayari Jones is struggling with writing sex scenes as well. On her blog she explains how she tried to get around her shyness:
I thought about going the innuendo route, sparing myself from having the write anything hot and sweaty. Afterall, I reasoned, sometimes you can convey a lot just through describing touches, glances, etc. But I had to face it– I was pretending to take some sort of high ground because the scenes that needed writing made me uncomfortable. And let’s face it, when you feel uncomfortable while writing, it probably means you really MUST write that scene. What famous person said tha literature is meant to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable?
Read the full post here and her follow up post in which she includes helpful links on how to write sex scenes.
Silver Sparrow is a story about family — about relationships between husband and wife, between sisters, and between mother and daughter. It’s about many of the relationships through which I have experienced family.
I was born between a vibrant, older sister and a charming, younger brother. We were raised by a shy yet comedic father and a spirited and bold mother. I love them all. But familial relationships are never perfect and coming to terms with this fact is part of the transition from childhood to adulthood. Tayari Jones’s Silver Sparrow was a perfect literary piece for my own transition. Here are some of her words that I made sure to take note of: