This is going to be more for genres besides romance and erotica. Sexuality and sensuality are very important to those genres, but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist outside of those styles. So, here are a few tips that I think help. Again, I’m not an expert, so I could be horribly wrong.
- Describe more than the sexual characteristics of a character. Sounds weird if you’re aiming for sexuality, but you can move beyond the T&A. I tend to use the eyes and facial expressions of a character to help here. Limbs and how they physically move can work too.
- A character should talk with a confidence and sensuality. I’m not talking dirty talk or terrible pick up lines. Just like in real life, someone who is confident in his or her sexuality will be seen as more attractive. This isn’t to say the ‘cute and awkward’ character won’t get some attention. You can only do that for some many characters and so many times though.
- Clothes that accentuate a character’s style and appearance. I’d suggest avoiding slutty unless that’s you’re aim. For example here, Sari in Legends of Windemere wears flowing skirts. These give her character a mesmerizing movement pattern and brings attention to her attractive legs. She also wears shirts with cleavage, but more to boost than blatantly reveal.
- I mentioned it earlier, but I’ll say it again: Facial expressions. Have your characters smirk, grin, leer, ogle, etc. Humans get a lot out of how the face moves while talking, so implement that into your writing. For example, Luke Callindor tends to smirk and grin a lot. It’s a impish expression that denotes his boy-like charm.
- A kiss. This goes a little further than the overall appearance, but the first kiss of a character can be a defining moment. You an gloss over it. Nothing wrong with that. On the other hand, you can describe the kiss and show how passionate the character can be. Don’t forget that when a person kisses, the rest of the body doesn’t typically stand frozen. Embrace, touch arms, and simply have the characters do more than lock lips like statues.