Writing Romance

New Erotic Vocabulary! malleate

malleate, verb

Original definition: to beat or shape with a hammer

Adapted use: as a less crude alternative to “hammer” or “pound”

As a bonus, this word has a pleasant rhythm and sound

When writing explicit content, how do we bridge the gap between crude/pornographic language and flowery euphemisms? I like some dirty talk, but for emotional but steamy scenes, it can be trying to describe the action as sexy, specific, and beautiful. New Erotic Vocabulary features words I’ve adapted for erotic scenes.


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