How to Make a Sexy Character . . . Possibly . . . Don’t Quote Me Here

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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23 Responses to How to Make a Sexy Character . . . Possibly . . . Don’t Quote Me Here

  1. I would suggest you forgot number 6. Stop trying to be sexy at extremely inappropriate times. Like, it’s fine to have your characters flirt and try to get somewhere in a tavern after the battle is over, or to pass the time on a wearily long journey, but perhaps trying to show off your cleavage or package while busy spearing bad-guys or discussing how you’re going to rescue that child isn’t the best approach…

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    • Forgot about that. Makes me want to write a scene with the line ‘Dammit! Get your chest off the map! We’re planning a war, not an orgy!’ I think movies and video games are a lot more infamous for this though. I forgot the game, but there’s a sorceress character that’s like 50% chest.

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      • Oh I’ve always loved honing in on a specific ridiculous trope and exploiting the heck out of it just for the laugh. I’d love to see one making fun of how stupid some are when it comes to when and where ‘sexy’ is used.

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      • It’s definitely fun, but I try to be careful of doing it in my books. Too much and my stories become goofy satires instead of the fun adventures I’m trying for. To be honest, I’m trying to think of a good example of a story where a character is ‘sexy’ at the wrong time and place.

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      • Oh I meant specifically to write a piece to be satire, not try to cram satire into what is otherwise meant to be a regular story.

        I suppose I do have to agree that books aren’t the main offenders so much as movies tend to be, though their covers can often come across that way due to the wildly inappropriate attire of “female warriors” by artists who apparently think maille bikinis or ‘boob-shaped’ plate armor are somehow defensive against swords and barbarian hordes. Maybe they think if they distract their opponents sufficiently, they can win more easily?

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      • I’m seeing less of character cover art, so I think the trend is dying down. Though, I still see some where the characters look nothing like they do in the books. That irks me more than the armored bikinis and fuzzy loinclothes. Maybe they do think distraction is part of the game.

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      • This is true, in general when the cover art looks nothing like the story it is exceedingly irritating.

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      • I’ve been told the authors rarely have a say in the cover art. At least until they get bigger reputations. One of the benefits of being an Indie Author is the input on that.

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      • yeah, that’s what I’ve heard, too. That’s one reason I don’t think I really want to pursue ‘traditional’ publication. The cover art is the first thing that draws someone to the book, why would I want to have not only zero say in that, but have a cover that doesn’t even represent the book?

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      • I think many come close, but the details are where they mess up. For example, I have a book with the heroes on the front and it looks 90% right. The hair of the heroine is totally wrong. Still, it’s nice to have that control as an indie. I’d like to think I can convince a publisher to let me keep my cover artist if I was picked up. Who knows.

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  2. Awww, but having characters stand frozen and lock lips like statues is so funnnn! Seriously though, great post 🙂 You’re right on every count! I find it so hard to write “sexy” characters, though … every time I describe anything other than their face (i.e., their smokin’ hot bod), I get worried that the book will start to sound sleazy or something.

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  3. Well done professor. Reminds me of the old story of the knight who painted his horse’s legs green. “Why do that?” his squire asked. The knight says, “I will ride by the princess and she will call out and say my horse has green legs. I will stop and inquire of her health and talk about erudite things and eventually ask her to dinner. She will say yes and I will offer her a ride, She will join me on my horse and feel the majesty of his strength. I will take her to my castle and make her warm and secure. She will be very grateful and then when the time is right I shall embrace her. She will succumb to my plan.” So the next day the knight gets on the horse with green legs and rides by the princess. She shouts out, ‘Your horse has green legs.” The knight says, “yes he does. Want to f*ck?”

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  4. This is an awesome title. Haha. Good info!

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  5. symplysilent says:

    Charles – You gave me even more to think about. Thank you – Silent

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  6. I hope you received permission from the artists for those pieces at the top of the page- Nathie, the one who did the male on the right, does not give permission to have his work posted ANYWHERE. Period. His work is nationally copyrighted as well- I suggest you contact him with this page link and at least let him know.

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