17.39: Writing Bodies and Intimacy, with K.M. Szpara

Your Hosts: Mary Robinette Kowal, Dongwon Song, Piper J. Drake,  & Howard Tayler, with special guest K. M. Szpara

CONTENT WARNING: this episode is about adult acts and adult bodies, and we won’t be using euphemisms. 

K.M. Szpara joined us at WXR 2022 for this discussion of writing bodies and intimacy, with a particular focus on which kinds of words to use for things.

Credits: This episode was recorded by Marshall Carr, Jr. before a live audience aboard Liberty of the Seas. It was mastered by Alex Jackson.



Write a scene in which a character is undressing, either alone or with others.

First Become Ashes, by K.M. Szpara

3 thoughts on “17.39: Writing Bodies and Intimacy, with K.M. Szpara”

  1. Another great episode with useful advice. I greatly appreciate how you brought in many different approaches while validating each. It’s helpful to know writers you look up to can write scenes of an adult nature, to counter the media narrative Mary pointed out about not doing this. Sometimes I hesitate to include an important element in a scene because it is adult, and I wonder what people will think of me. Inevitably, my writing critique partners will point out “Hey, you’re scene really needs XYZ”. Embracing the freedom to write the scenes our stories need, and not be forced to fade to black, is very liberating. Great job! :)

  2. This week, Mary Robinette, Dongwon, Piper, Howard, and Kellan turned on the lights to explore bodies and intimacy. Butts and buttocks, balls. Fade to black? Read all about it in the transcript available now in the archives.

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