Reviews for The Ultimate Guide to Writing Smut Fic
Samantha chapter 1 . 11/18
Don't remember when last I laughed so hard!
Dabbi chapter 1 . 8/8
I wholeheartedly agree with you. Another thing I see a lot is "Luke's hands skimmed up her back." Now I'm imaging Luke's actual hands detaching from him and roaming of their own free will. Body parts don't do that, unless you say "Luke's hands seemed to have a mind of their own, skimming up her back." If that's not the case, then "Luke skimmed his hands up her back." Kind of creeps me out when I'm imagining body parts moving on their own and it takes me out of the story.

Try to avoid cliches. "She let go of a breath she didn't know she was holding" is so overused that I roll my eyes when I read that. Try: "She exhaled, blowing out a breath at the tension in the room" or "Her breath came out in a soft woosh after Luke walked out." Just sit there and imagine you relieving tension this way and try to think of creative ways to say it without falling back on tired cliches that have been so overused they should be stricken from books for the rest of eternity.

Cum and come depend on how you write it. Come is the act. Cum is the substance. "He came, his cum hitting her tits." or "He groaned into her neck as he came, then he panicked when it dawned on him that he hadn't used a condom. Now his cum was inside of her, and he felt her go rigid the moment she realized this, too."

Not very creative, but I was trying to make a point of when to use them. They are NOT interchangeable. One is an act, one is a substance. Come is the act of orgasm. Cum is the pearly-white ropes of seed that landed on her belly/face/tongue/inside of her.

As far as the mouth "popping" open in surprise (not sure why this one caught my attention), I totally agree. Try "Her lips parted slightly at the shocking news." or "Her jaw dropped and she couldn't believe he'd said that." Our jaws drop when something catches up by surprise.

As far as sex scenes, something that might help. Sit on a chair by your bed and imagine the couple on it. You're watching them have sex (I do this a lot). What is he doing. What is she doing? Where are their hands or mouth. What sounds are they making? Are words being said? Are they making eye contact or is she too busy watching where his hands were going? Does he move slightly up her body, the head of his cock trailing up her leg, leaving behind small smears of pre-cum? Is his cock throbbing to match the crazy beat of his heart? Is she arching her back, goose bumps breaking out over her skin? Is she writhing under him? Her hands cupping his nape to draw him closer? Are their lips exploring, testing, devouring each other?

To me, what is sexy is the small things. She slips her fingers into his belt loop and draws him closer. She looked up to find him standing with his friends across the room and he winks at her. He reaches for something in the cupboard over her head and places his hand on her back. (She thinks he's doing that for leverage so he doesn't fall forward. He's doing it so he can touch her in a way that doesn't seem so obvious).

There is also a difference between blond men and blonde woman. Did you see I used an "e" at the end of the woman's blonde hair? The only time I would describe someone as "the blonde woman" was if there were a few women there and someone is trying to point out (in the mind or out loud) which person they're talking about. Other than that, leave the color descriptions to things like "Her honey-blonde hair sparkled under the fading sun, creating what he thought looked like a halo around her." Cheesy, but you get my drift.

Quinn is right. You don't have to say his voice dropped a few octaves. There are many ways to describe a man's voice. "His voice seemed to lower, sounding more like smooth whiskey and I knew he was trying to seduce me." or "His voice was gravely, seductive in a way that made my breath hitch." or "I could tell he'd just woken up, his voice as deep as honey, and I wanted to hear that sound whispering dirty words in my ear." It isn't the fact that his voice is actually honey, but you're trying to elicit thoughts of seduction, just don't go too far out there. Just look up on the internet descriptive ways to describe a man's voice.

Sorry, I've been ready romance and erotica for so long that these things kind of stick in my brain.
Sunn chapter 1 . 6/25
helpful :) although some of these words here are. gross. “squelch” in a smut context would absolutely make me cringe
BrandiIndigo chapter 1 . 6/9
Thank you so much for this.

I have never written smut and I have an old story that I’d like to get back to that is filled with smut an old friend helped me write.

Now, I feel like I can give it a try. I will be revisiting this often.

Thanks!
Brandi
robogirlart chapter 1 . 1/5
Honestly thank you for making this. I had no idea of how to do smut until I found this.
Johnny Raine chapter 1 . 12/25/2021
You have no idea how many times I return to this for help.
Guest chapter 1 . 7/14/2021
This was helpful and hilarious at the same time. Thank you lots :)
NPGamer11 chapter 1 . 6/10/2021
Like many others, I started my fanfic writing career with bad smut. I stayed away from it for the last two years or so, but I do sometimes wish to write more of it. I hope this helps me regain that spark that dies with my teenage years, except tempered with some writing experience and a generally better idea of what I'm doing XD
Elliot2001 chapter 1 . 6/2/2021
This guide is truly helpful, I am trying out smut (or Lemon) and I needed help, so I am glad I came here, and read this. So, thank you for the helpful guide.
No Name chapter 1 . 3/29/2021
Oops, meant to put this, not just "No"

Anyway, now that I've had time to think about it, the verbs lists and suggestions on how to show arousal are good to have. Thanks for the time and effort you put into this, even if I disagree with you about certain things.
Blossom chapter 1 . 2/5/2021
This is perfect. This is literally so helpful. I have never written smut before. Thank you so much.
LegacyofAurora chapter 1 . 1/20/2021
Thanks for this. I'm sure to come back here the next time i'm writing a smut fic. Great job!
AkihitoTheExiled chapter 1 . 1/12/2021
in all honesty this helps especially on what type not things any character says in FFN
Jesse Wales chapter 1 . 1/1/2021
*casually checks own work and cackles* This could be a drinking game at this rate. This is very insightful, and I will look to this for guidance time and time again.

I would like to state that I do sometimes use "shake head to clear thoughts" and "rock back and forth happily" because I myself do actually do those things, and my characters sometimes come across as neurodivergent as I am. The latter could be a stim in response to a positive occurrence while the former-well, sometimes I need to do a physical action to cause, aid, or correlate with a mental one.

Regardless, spot on, and I had a great laugh while also learning a lot. So, thank you for this guide. It was a delight.
SlytherinPride2292 chapter 1 . 11/29/2020
my only go-to for writing smut, thank you so much
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