Let Me Count The Ways
When writing any story at all, an author strives to avoid duplicating anything they’ve written before, especially pet turns of phrase, favourite words and expressions. This can be a challenge in erotic romances. Because I try not to repeat myself (it can happen quite unconsciously), I have become aware of a severe limitation of MMF romances.
There’s only so many ways the deed can be done.
To be specific, (warning; adult imagery ahead!): One of the choicest and most anticipated moments in MMF romances is the act of double penetration by the heroes. But because of the anatomies involved, there’s a quite short list of ways in which to arrange human bodies in order to achieve that ultimate moment.
There is a vast variety and combination of activities that can take place other than double penetration, some of them utterly unique to MMF romances/situations, and all of them are deliciously fun to read and write. Some of them even include penetration of one sort or another.
But when it comes to the heroine’s moment of bliss; when the heroes finally claim her together — well, unless she’s an Olympic gymnast, and even if she is — the chances are she’s going to be sandwiched between them either vertically or lying down. There’s not too many other ways to get the deed done, and there’s only small variations on these two major themes.
I always look for new and novel ways for this wonderful moment to take place, but so far, it always happens within one of these two major variations. I’m not about to start writing characters hanging from chandeliers <shudder>, just for the sake of variety. There’s enough that happens before that ultimate moment that a bit of repetition is easily tolerated…especially with the sort of heroes who provide the repetition! :)