There is a more than interesting post over on Shameless Words on the merits of a well written sex scene.
When the plot calls should we go all out and write a sweat laden, no holds barred, full frontal or is it better to allude to intimacy, drawing a veil of the sordid details?
According the the 'The Bad Sex Awards in Fiction' over at the Guardian Umlimited there are a number of writers who get it wrong (not for the faint hearted btw), but what makes good sex in fiction?
Interestingly there were more women than men commenting on Shameless's post, does this have relevance? I would express a preference that if it is going to be done, then it should be done as realistically as possible and should be in line with the plot. The trouble is I think that it is one area where writers can fall down badly. Those poor writers up for an award must be cringing in their un-sexy boots! The point is, do you have to be good at it, to write about it?