Writing About Sex – Are You a Copywriter for Hire Who is Allergic to the Birds and the Bees?
“Yo, I don’t think we should talk about this
Come on, why not?
People might misunderstand what we’re tryin’ to say, you know?
No, but that’s a part of life
Let’s talk about sex, baby
Let’s talk about you and me
Let’s talk about all the good things
And the bad things that may be” – Salt n’ Pepa
As a copywriter for hire, I have the opportunity to write about a number of different topics. One day may have me tackling the thrilling world of black mold while the next may involve the highs and lows of document shredding. I enjoy writing about a variety of topics, so I don’t shy away from writing about topics that may be a bit taboo. One such topic is sex. Many writers hesitate to take on these assignments. While there are plenty of valid reasons some writers don’t want to write about the subject, sometimes it is just because they don’t know how to get started. If you want to beat your allergy to the birds and the bees, these tips are a great place to begin.
- Just the Facts, Ma’am – Depending on the circumstances, a “matter-of-fact” approach may be more than satisfactory. Find out from your client if you need details, or if you can get by with a textbook approach to the subject. Sometimes the facts are fine. If graphic content is required, and you are not comfortable writing anything detailed, you may not be the right writer for the job.
- Ask for an Alias – While many writers crave a byline, a piece on a taboo subject may not be the right time for it. Don’t be afraid to ask your client for an alias. Most of the time, this will be no problem at all.
- Have Fun with It – While it may not be appropriate for a medically-based topic, other X-rated content can be fun, if you let it. When you get ready to write something sexy, don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Sit down with a glass of wine, cup of coffee, or a Mountain Dew and write something you would enjoy reading.
- Just Say No – If the topic makes you feel too uncomfortable, turn down the job. No matter the reason, you should never take a job that you don’t think you can write your very best. There are dozens of other writers who are willing to take their shot at writing the next “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
While it is common to be allergic to birds and bees, maybe these tips will help make writing about “whoopee” a little less overwhelming. At least, maybe you can look at a writing job offer for adult toys without giggling—nah… giggling makes it fun!
Tracy S is a content writer and blogger who specializes in home improvement related topics. When she’s not working, Tracy loves playing pool, watching cheesy reality TV, spending time with her family and dreaming of the beach.