Before you come at me: Yes, there are still people like me who use the terms Lemon and Lime, but I feel like more broadly in Fan spaces the term “smut” is being used everywhere most commonly. 

As someone who does like to differentiate their “how heavy is my soiled stuff” I am going to still tell you about the difference between these terms. We are also going to talk a lot approximately body part terms my 14-year-old peers thought were hilarious, so do be warned.

Lemon is a overall term for a sexual, erotic adventure, most commonly. Most chapters, whether it has a plot in between, are approximately the adventures in its detail with the emphasis on the sexy times. This is basically the same as smut nowadays, (I sound like an old coot, sorry) I see the Synonym Smut used for the Lemon stuff almost always.

I am going to take this post and tell you a bit about the pitfalls, and a few tips on how to write these, since I was myself once someone who had no clue approximately how to write them, and finding information on “how do I write good smut?” is also not out there openly available. It took me, an aroace writer, nearly ten years to get better at this, so if you study tough and look out for the mistakes you should be able to write them better than I did, oof. But, I must say, I had a blast writing this section and I would love to add more to the list provided you have corrections and ideas you want to be on here.

As many Authors will tell you, writing approximately something you experienced is making matters much easier. I mean having sex yourselves. But, this does not mean me telling you to get laid, but rather study the topic really tough (hehe). Reading other people’s well received smut, and no Pornos, do not count as experience. I compiled a few things you can add to make this less of a pompous writing disaster. And to add my two cents here: lots of temporary and popular books have some really, really lousy written smut scenes. Yet they sell well. So it seems not being good at this does not make it not good instantly. 

Here is my little list of matters to improve your smut writing!

  • The temper is everything. Provided you are able to be horny, you can do that. I mean being for yourself, cozy and mentally ready to write some stuff. Be in that “yeah I am going to make my two characters fuck now” mood and get it down on paper like this easier than when you are feeling restless or agitated, or your intellect is still thinking approximately the food you left in the microwave.

A good one too are R18 Otome CDs if you are into listening to a sexy sounding man professionally moaning into your ears, pictures and other material for your favorite characters assuming you write smut for fictional existing ones, just to name a few “mood makers” out of my personal stash of experience. 

  • Emotions and the correct phrasing are a big part of it. You don’t need to write approximately them all, but showing the emotional level Bum them having intercourse is what is going to tie the reader to your story. How each of them reacts to the other’s touch, movement, etc. Singling out on the person you write the POV (point of view) from is helping with that immensely. Like them feeling about this, and the other person expressing their emotions outwards, but not their innermost feelings. How they breathe, look, talk. And then the thoughts and emotions of your MC. 
  • But please, do not use certain words for body parts that are just plain cringe (unless that is what you want to do) and get a bit creative. The Synonym “dick” is whether used too often in my opinion sorta lousy, there are better words. But that is just my opinion! Penis is basic and ehh just plain, cock is always good, I like to use shafts too, but calling it “his big meat”  or something is only going to stick provided the temper of the story is set up around it to be fitting. Synonym lists exist for a reason, and they are going to help you here a lot. Same for boobs synonyms. Breasts, cool basic stuff. But sprinkling in some spice by calling them plain tits, or I also like the Word “bosom” is also fine. Or go the full repetitive route and just call it boobs all the time, you are you. 
  • Whether you are writing Yaoi stuff: I feel like people forget you need to think biologically approximately this, and not all fiction. Think of the Yaoi you have read, what tools they can use and that preparing one’s ass is, the funny it may sound, important. The same goes for after care for any couple of any gender and cleaning up afterwards and the smell can be a point for the plot too. This reminds me especially of an R18 Drama CD I listened too, where I was surprised to hear that, after you get a fascinating part approximately you and the guy having a fun time together, him telling you to open the windows to let in some fresh air, else you could smell the sex in the air (play that Rihanna song!). 
  • Do not use some creepy behavior tropes unless that is what you want it to be. Example: a book whose name I banished out of my head because it was terrible, read by a YouTuber (provided you know who I mean, cool!) and it had the man just being written as a real creep, although it was meant to be “sexy”. It is not sexy to have him stare at the sleeping woman’s boobs and think of laying her down when she just experienced a lot of stress and abuse. Constantly thinking approximately her “hot curves” is also not precisely positive behavior.  Same for overusing these tropes and weird behavior that has been normalized buy sure books *winks* has to be used with caution whether it is, lets repeat: not your intention for the character. Yet, tropes can be of use here to spice your story up whether you want to avoid these pitfalls. 
  • Be logical approximately your stuff, unless your world allows for certain stuff to happen. An alien with eight arms has different possibilities than a normal human. How would you be in that situation? Thinking approximately how you would act helps writing one POV at least, and adds the needed moving, emotions, reactions and sorta realism to these scenes. It is not always going to be a dreamscape perfect sex where nothing hurts and there is only pleasure, there are fuck-ups and accidents, soiled talk not landing and ending up sounding just funny, there are no limits on how to spice it all up. Nothing wrong against dreamscapey-everything is perfect when we fuck-type of Smut. Been there, we all need them. Also think of character disabilities, how body parts interact with each other during intercourse, and I keep thinking of the popular “Omegaverse ” who has its own added biological stuff. I am not into Omegaverse at all and sorta averse, but look it up if you are looking to spice your Yaoi especially up. 
  • Whether you are looking for it, there are lists of terrible terms and sentences to avoid because it’s just immature and poor. Most often these come from hyper fictionalizing the act and porn influencing people’s imaginations. My best of worst are:

-being “slick of pre-cum”

-weird writings about how two characters kiss, no, this is not a battlefield (a popular one but an all-time favorite to remind you of)

-Hentai stuff like “cum everywhere” or “being fucked senseless” including Ahegao face, provided you are not writing this specifically nah. Don’t do it.

Basically, read other people’s smut and professional smut to receive your ideas for wilder scenarios and interactions between two, Eroges are also a place to look out for. There are a lot of Eroge out there who also feature a few specific kinks, and even go into the Gore territory I am not knowledgeable on. 

  • Final thing, one thing you probably heard from quite a few people already: reaction words use synonyms! You can find lists of them on the interwebs, and make use of them, particularly provided English is not your first language, like in my case. The lists exist to be used and spice up the reading experience for your readers. But, like writing itself, it all takes practice and time. Get out there, research. Put that research into your big piece. What even is fanfiction whether not for the Author to write some specific kink or interest for the particular reader audience out there? 

Are you looking for a comprehensive guide out there featuring a looong list of adverbs and actions, put together by someone who knows their stuff? Here you go! Of course, I had to put it at the end, so I dragged you through my post here first, haha 😀 It is really comprehensive and goes into much more detail for you to use particularly in the words’ compartment, and they also added a point I didn’t put here: be anatomically correct. Even if in your imagination, characters that are not human. Metaphors are best used like salt, only a grain here and there. 

Overall: being invested and having fun is key to put your knowledge and research together for an enjoyable read.

Now, let us hop to: what is Lime now?

 Lime is a more weakened version of Lemon, something I enjoyed writing at first, mostly. It is not as detailed explaining the scenes and lets the Reader the imagination work for the most part.

This might be the best for you if you are a beginner but want your characters still to come together, but not leave it in one line such as “and then night falls, as they embrace each other, becoming one.” That was a tacky example, but whether you don’t want a single tip or metaphor for the act, going mellow and Lime for it is a good way to do that. Sometimes stories are just no good with fully written smut, and it would not fit in there. Imagine it being the “Ecchi” to the “Hentai”. You can just write the one line and keep it off-screen, or put in a very light and detailed bunch of lines hinting at the act. 

Here are the same counts: have fun, write what you like. And finally we are at the end of this long section about many ways to write intercourse. Damn. It has been a journey typing these down, for sure.

We slowly reach the final of my little guides, so let’s hang in there!

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