Each year I find there are certain words I tend to use often throughout my stories. These are words that inspire me or put me into a specific mood or frame of mind. They set the tone and create a certain atmosphere. They might be used to describe a scene or my characters, sometimes an attitude or behavior.
Smolder – I love this word and how my lips move when I say it. This is a seductive and suggestive look and I use it for both male and female characters. If you follow me on Facebook, it’s also the name of my cute pet dragon.
Lush – this is a newer favorite. I like how it sounds. Its short yet packs a punch. I use it for a female character, typically to describe her skin or a setting, and more often in contemporaries with a high degree of heat. I was actually called a lush once. Alcohol and flirtatious behavior was involved. That’s all I’m going to say about that.
Decadent – I will throw this into a very heated sex scene, typically a BDSM or shifter/vampire story. I like the way it looks and how it sounds. I like how it sounds. I think of something almost forbidden and naughty. It makes my mouth water to think about. I liken it to crème brulee or a velvety rich chocolate mousse. This one has replaced an old favorite – savor.
Carnal – this word is dark and dangerous to me. I use it with a shifter/paranormal story and for both the male and female character. It’s raw, it’s a hunger, it’s a deep burning craving that takes over the mind, body, and soul. I use to favor primal but I don’t know – I just like the tone that carnal sets.
Insatiable – to me this is a little more elegant and subdued compared to carnal. I use it for a more sensuous scene and only with a female character. There are very few words I like that start with an “I” and this is one of them. Another is ivory. My husband seems to think I have an insatiable appetite for wine and chocolate. He could be right.
Some of my old favorites include: sinful, savor, voluptuous, voracious, rapacious, and ravish.
What are some of your favorite erotic words?
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