Many people who write fiction try to have an intimate knowledge of the character’s that they are creating. In theory, having such a deep understanding about even small details related to a character can help the character be written in a way that appears genuine, realistic, and three dimensional to the reader.
This post contains pictures of naked people in the sexual positions I will be listing later in the post. You’ve been warned.
One intimate question you may want to answer about your character, even if you are not writing any erotic scenes, is what their favorite sexual position is? More importantly, why? Is is about comfort, speed, intimacy, or emotional distance?
Starting to ask yourself these kinds of questions can help you add more layers to your character so that they have a stronger “page presence” and are more likely to resonate with your readers.
Don’t Judge Your Character
Just because you don’t like, wouldn’t condone, or don’t plan to attempt a certain sexual position, doesn’t mean that your character would feel the same way. If you can’t separate yourself from your character you could slip into making all of your characters very much alike because they’re behavior never goes outside of your personal comfort zone.
For example, the main character of Show Her, Erika Wogo is a doggy style lover. Considering the trauma she endured at the opening of the book, I don’t think I would enjoy that style at all if I were her. I wouldn’t ever want to even try it, most likely. But again, that book wasn’t about me: It was about Erika.
Here are a couple of common sexual positions. I’ve added some possible reasons why people might enjoy these positions (besides pleasure, of course!) just to help you start thinking more about which positions your character might like and why. A simple Google search will turn up a multitude of other sexual positions to choose from.
A lays on their back and opens their legs. B settles between A’s thighs and penetrates the anus or vagina. Variations can be created by changing angles and leg positions, or adding bondage equipment or pillows.
This position is most often depicted in romance novels and movies, so it’s often considered “boring.” Your character may prefer it if they are someone who is:
- afraid of change
- doesn’t like to take risks
- doesn’t enjoy sex (they don’t want to put a lot of effort into being ‘creative’ so they just copy what they’ve seen / heard of others doing)
A gets down on their hands and knees on the floor or bed. B penetrates the anus or vagina while standing or kneeling from behind.
Can reflect or support the idea that a character:
- Is not a fan of intimacy (they want as little eye contact and physical contact as possible)
- Doesn’t like being hot. This position allows for great air flow, especially when the air conditioner has gone out or they’re having sex outside (camping trip?) and it’s ridiculously hot.
- Has had an injury that doesn’t allow them to open their legs wide, so squeezing them together while bent over is more efficient / comfortable for sex.
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