I write romance, and although not all romance involves sex scenes, a fair amount do. One thing that has always bothered me is the overuse, and sometimes misuse, of the word “wet” when describing female arousal. I know this isn’t elementary but let’s first define the word “wet”. According to dictionary.com (which is where I got all the definitions for this post); Wet means moistened, covered, or soaked with water or some other liquid. I guess you can say it’s the go-to word, the industry standard, but as writers it’s practically drilled into us to be more imaginative. We are encouraged to bust out that thesaurus, and find a new way to describe things that will still hold the readers attention. So here are a few thesaurus gems to replace “wet” and few stones better left unturned.
Aqueous: of, like, or containing water; watery: an aqueous solution.
Dewy: moist with or as if with dew; having the quality of dew: dewy tears.
Moist: moderately or slightly wet; damp. (For me personally, moist is only acceptable to describe the weather and baked goods)
Sopping: anything thoroughly soaked. (Brings to mind a Mop, or a biscuit. Nothing sexy here for me.)
Dank: unpleasantly moist or humid; damp and, often, chilly. (As if the definition doesn’t say it all, yet I’ve seen it used)
Obviously, this is just my opinion and a very short list. Feel free to add to either list in the comment section below.