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How To Write A Dirty Story: Reading, Writing And Publishing Erotica

How To Write A Dirty Story: Reading, Writing And Publishing Erotica [Kindle Edition]

Susie Bright
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From bookstores to the Internet to Susie Bright's own tremendous success with the BEST AMERICAN EROTICA series, we are clearly reading and writing erotica more than ever.
Now Susie Bright shows readers how to heat up sex scenes in everything from traditional novels and romances to science fiction and horror. She guides aspiring writers in reading erotica to discover the elements and styles that work. Then she walks them through the writing process: how to get hot ideas, devise steamy plots, use language like a pro and bring the story to a memorable climax. Each chapter features writing exercises and suggestions for non-writing activities that will galvanise the imagination and flatten any hurdle. Drawing on her own experiences, Bright explains how to find an agent, work with an editor, choose a publishing company and sell the work.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 408 KB
  • Print Length: 259 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (11 Dec 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,471 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Susie Bright is the author of the international bestsellers "Full Exposure" and "The Sexual State of the Union," as well as "The Best American Erotica" and "Herotica" series, which ushered in women's erotic publishing. Her newest book is her memoir, "Big Sex Little Death."

She the host/producer of Audible's "In Bed With Susie Bright," the longest-running sexuality and erotica show in the history of broadcasting.

She was co-founder and editor of "On Our Backs" magazine, and was the first journalist to cover erotic cinema and the porn business in the mainstream press.

A progenitor of the sex-positive movement, Bright taught the first university course on pornography, and brought lasting sexual influence to her role and writing in films like "Bound" and "The Celluloid Closet," as well as playing herself, "the famous feminist sex writer," on "Six Feet Under."

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So much more than it claims 10 Mar 2010
This book won't just teach you how to write a dirty story, although Susie Bright does do an admirable job of that with plenty of exercises, tips and things to watch out for.

What pleased me most about this as a read, was the lengthy introductory section about the politics and morality of erotic writing. Ms Bright is just the woman to provide an intriguing, left-wing feminist viewpoint on the US erotica industry, and I learned a lot from this section as well as the more practical parts of the book.

Also, one of the most invaluable parts for me, that really got me thinking as to what I want out of my writing, is the part titled "Money, money, money". Ms Bright asks you to consider exactly what you want to get out of writing erotica (or indeed, any sort of writing), and what you are willing to give up to do so. Her advice about the publishing industry is also very helpful.

Highly recommended, and one of those books I know I'll come back to time and time again.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars invaluable 28 Oct 2007
Whether you're an amateur writer of sex or someone who has been in the business for years, this is one book, I feel, you should never be without. Susie Bright reveals her 'tricks of the trade' to enable you to gain the expertise to succeed at the craft of writing erotica.

What this book teaches is that no matter who you are, where you come from or even how skilled you are or aren't in bed, you alone have the ability to write a truly, erotic story and one that has the potential to blow your readers socks off.

Although gaining experience in the craft of writing is an advantage, this book is also invaluable in what it teaches by the author's good use of personal experience, writing exercises and guides to the steps that inevitably follow after the final draft of your first work.

So, if you don't get any other book on the subject of writing erotica, be sure that you make it this one.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book 3 Nov 2012
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This is a fabulous and engaging guide to writing erotica. It's written in a fun and breezey manner, comlete with chapter exercises to awaken your erotic muse. Recommended.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars How to Write a Dirty Story by Susie Bright 5 May 2010
By Sarah B
The only book I've ever thrown in the bin after reading it. Awful. I learned nothing useful about how to write a sensual scene. Lots on the history of the genre, little of use to the aspiring writer.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable resource for erotic writers at all levels 28 Jan 2002
By Rachel Kramer Bussel - Published on
This is a fabulous book for people coming to erotic writing from any skill level or experience level. It is most of all honest, something I've come to expect from Bright's writing, and that is what makes this book so useful. Instead of giving some formulaic "how to write" answer, Bright dives into the many kinds of erotica one an write, and the many reasons one may have for doing so. She also doesn't gloss over her own journey but dishes the dirt on how the publishing industry works and other "dirty little secrets" that are useful to know.
She also has some great exercises to keep you on your toes, such as trying to write in many different erotic genres. It's also strikingly clear just how well-versed in the erotic world Bright is, not just works deemed "erotica" today but their historical predecessors and the whole culture of adult literature.
I really liked that Bright showed how different authors can break convention and still succeed, and she delineates exactly what it is that makes an erotic story pass muster. She also touches on other aspects of the writing life, such as how writing will affect your sex life, reactions to those who are upfront about their writing, and the possible perils of publishing.
Overall, this book deftly combines writing exercises, a literary erotic history, as well as practical insights into specific writing problems or issues that may arise and how to deal with them, all drawing from Bright's experience as a writer and editor. Most of all, it's witty, funny and easy to read, so much so that I didn't feel like I was reading a typical writing book so much as something much lighter. And I finished it with many of my own ideas for future stories and ways of generating new ideas.
67 of 71 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Title is Misleading 4 April 2004
By S Martin - Published on
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I bought this on a whim, I wanted a book that would help me with any romantic scenes in my own writing, something that would help me keep them from seeming canned or forced. I figured a novel about writing erotica could help. This is really not what I expected, the title is misleading. It could have been Dirty Stories: Getting past the writer's block and getting published.
A third of the book is devoted to what you do once you've written your erotic novel. That's great if you already have the novel written and you're ready to get it ready to sell. If you're looking for how to write that dirty story, or that romance scene, you're out of luck.
Another third of the book is getting ready to write. You get the history of erotic novels in the United States, how to find the erotica you like, and reading it aloud to get a sense of it's style and power. It also details how do you deal with your family and friends reading something you're written that's sexually explicit, and what you can do about it. This stuff is helpful, but between it and the publishing guide you're really left with very little about how to write itself.
Once into the actual writing bit, Bright's exercises are helpful, but limited. She sets up the exercises and outlines the goals they should accomplish, and where to get ideas, but aside from saying that stringing together a bunch of sex scenes does not automatically make a plot and a good piece of erotica, she's pretty vague. She doesn't touch too much on characterization, and her chapter on mixing sex with other genres is disappointing as best.
The book focuses solely on erotica, and not even really writing it, but getting ready to do it, and then what to do once it's written. Her publishing section can be considered useful, she doesn't sugarcoat anything, including the amount of work writers have to do, and how no one gets rich overnight in the erotica business. However, it doesn't tie into how to write a dirty story, which is the title, and should be the bulk of the book.
33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The title says it all. 17 Dec 2003
By Stormraven - Published on
This book just didn't help me much at all. It promises to help a person learn the specifics of writing erotica, but there was very little in it that isn't really just common sense. (Don't string a bunch of sex scenes together and call it erotica. Put a plot in your story.) The general information for novel writing is basic and can be found in any book on novel writing. (Spell check your manuscript. Come up with interesting characters.)
I have not seen any novels by this author, but if an aspiring erotic author has a choice between this book and an actual erotica novel to learn the 'biz', I'd suggest the novel.
No one on my erotica writer's groups has recommended this book for learning such an enticing, beautiful, fun-filled craft. They recommend: "Writing Erotic Fiction: How to Write a Successful Erotic Novel" by Pamela Rochford instead. That is the book I am looking into getting. I certainly hope it is better than "Dirty Story".
Sorry, Suzie, there have got to be better books out there.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book on writing 17 April 2002
By Anthony - Published on
Great autobiographical work in the tradition of Stephen King's "On Writing" ... don't avoid it if you're not looking to write a dirty story because it's far more on writing as a whole than on writing erotica specifically. That being the negative as well since there's less specific advice on erotica than a review of the industry and process as a whole. Not the best book on writing I've read, but it's definitely on the short list and worth looking into. If you're looking specifically for a "how-to write a dirty story" however, keep looking.
30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring! 16 Jan 2002
By Todd Hawley - Published on
One of many things that struck me while reading this book was how affirming Susie finds the process of writing erotica and pointing out how for decades it was considered the "poor stepchild" of writing, that no one wanted to admit that erotica could be well-written. And also too how in school any book that was considered "dirty" could be the subject of much whispering and secrecy among the schoolkids. And how erotica was always an easy target for criticism.
What I liked too was the way Susie writes, it's as if you were sitting down with her over coffee or lunch and she describes how to go about reading erotica and what kinds of "hooks" the author uses to "lure you in," how to go about writing it and what kinds of erotica to look for. She points out you should read quite a bit of it to get an idea of how to write your own. That makes sense, since I've gotten inspired for stories to write based on other erotica I've read.
She also includes writing exercises designed to show that writing erotica is not something to dive into lightly, that it deserves to be written well, no matter whether your audience is yourself and your lover, or the audience of book or 'zine readers.
Having written far too many erotic stories to count, I always wondered if the stuff I wrote was really any good, even if I (and my friends of either gender) thought them to be quite good. I would love to see them stacked up against someone like a Pat Califia or Susie Bright herself, even if they would most likely would pale in comparison.
If you enjoy writing erotica, whether it's just for yourself or for an audience, you really need to grab this book, read it and refer back to it often. With major sections on Thinking about Erotica, Reading it, Writing about it, Editing it, and getting it published, Susie gives a lot of wonderful advice. Heck, it's not a bad book about writing in general.
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