Create Sexual/Romantic Tension in Your Stories

Practical techniques for making romantic plots and subplots gripping

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In a Nutshell

This short, 6-lecture course examines how writers can imbue scenes with gripping sexual/romantic tension that gets readers turning the page in anticipation of how/when/whether a couple might consummate their relationship sexually or emotionally.

I’ll provide you with over 10 specific methods of bringing tension into your scenes. And I’ll leave you with a scene-writing challenge and a guide for crafting successful sexual/romantic tension.


Who is This Course for?

Stories in any genre can incorporate romance and/or sexual encounters. It’s one of the most common plots in the history of human storytelling. Whether you’re writing realist YA, sci fi thriller, literary mainstream, or any other genre, if you have a romantic plot or subplot, you’ll want to do everything you can to get your readers hooked on that story, feeling the tension on every page.

This is not a course on the romance genre; nor is it a course on sex scenes. It is a course that gives very practical tips on how to craft romantic/sexual tension in scenes, which is about getting readers invested in and hoping for a sexual or romantic union.

"Tim Storm is an exceptional writing instructor. He took complex concepts and distilled them down to simple, easy to understand steps and ideas that motivated the class and improved my writing immensely."

- Deborah King, author of the forthcoming Glory Bishop


What's Included?

  • Six short lectures, a little over 30 minutes total.
  • "Cheat Sheet" handouts, distilling the crucial information from the lessons.
  • An exemplar passage--both a clean copy and a highlighted version.
  • A roadmap for creating a scene filled with sexual/romantic tension.

My goal for writing love scenes is to be steamy without being salacious. In this short course, Tim helped me identify the specific components that create that steamy bond; I was then able to look at one of my love scenes, recognize what was missing, and sharpen the writing to make for maximum attraction.

I’m always amazed that Tim can take gut-level issues and raise them to literate, reproducible consciousness. It’s evident he truly loves to help people make their work better.

- Teria Robens, author of the award-winning What the Mirror Sees


How Do I Know If This Course Is Right for Me?

Preview the first lecture below, which orients you to some of the base concepts for the in-depth and practical discussions that come later in the course.

You have 30 days to get a refund if you discover it’s not for you, so there’s nothing to lose in signing up. Check out the articles on my blog and the testimonials, and you’ll see that I mean business when it comes to the crafts of writing and storytelling.

Your Instructor

TD Storm
TD Storm

TD Storm is an award-winning writer and teacher whose stories have appeared in a number of journals. His passion for storytelling and its inner workings inform his teaching, editing, and mentoring. He has worked with countless writers on personal essays, novels, short stories, and more. And he's been teaching since 1999.

Want to know more about TD Storm? Check out the About page for the school.

Want to know more about his approach toward writing and teaching writing? Look at this post on the "Core Tenets of Storm Writing School."

Is he the right teacher for you? Look, this class may or may not be right for you, but TD Storm is the real deal when it comes to writing instruction and editing. He has yet to meet a writer he couldn't help. Seriously, this guy friggin' rocks. (He's much more humble when he writes in first person, by the way. Very down to earth.)

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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