Using The 12 Stages of Physical Intimacy To Build Tension In Your Novel

I’m checking my manuscript to see if I got it right…every writer writing romance should follow this scientific map of intimacy.

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Several days back, I did a post on Sexting and questioned whether all this “virtual intimacy” between couples would change the “Levels of Intimacy” chart I use in my writing. I had several writers ask me about it in the comments section so I’m bringing it to you on this fine Techie Tuesday.

I first learned about the 12 Stages of Physical Intimacy from Linda Howard, who used to give a very popular talk on the subject based on the work of Desmond Morris, Intimate Behavior: A Zoologist’s Classic Study of Human Intimacy.

On the downside, Linda gave her last edition of this talk to our RWA chapter in 2010. On the upside, Linda has spoken to enough writers that I was able to Google and find a great post on the topic by one of my online pals, Terry O’Dell.

I’ll give the stages and my thoughts here but…

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4 Comments on “Using The 12 Stages of Physical Intimacy To Build Tension In Your Novel”

  1. I LOVED this post. I am marking her page so I can go back and refer. You just helped and motivated me to fix some spots in my WIP. Thanks Pepper

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