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Sex Scene Rx
on 16 April 2014
This is a wonderful reference book for erotica writers of all heats. Even if you aren't a romance writer, you can benefit from this reference.
Cara McKenna's "Real Ugly" expands on descriptions. Don't just describe coffee as "coffee." Instead, wouldn't you want a sip of that triple-shot espresso with vanilla whip cream and shaved dark chocolate bits sprinkled on top?
Desiree Holt's "Five Sexy Senses to Rev Up Scenes" pounds into us to engage our readers with all their senses--draw them into the story by elaborating on these details.
Christine d'Abo's "Boys Will Be Boys" tells us terms that boys use with boys. I learned what a twink was, for example, and resolved to read some M/M romances to research more guy terminologies. If you're not a guy, do your research so that you can write a convincing guy's POV.
L.K. Below's "Law of Attraction" details the connection that builds between two characters. This is crucial for any kind of relationship you are writing about--romance, friendship, etc.
Kate Douglas's "Writing the Fine Line Between Erotica and Porn" points out the differences between emotionless, plotless sex (porn) and a sex scene that actually moves the story forward. If you want your readers to remember your characters, then definitely write those steamy scenes with the plot in mind.
Giselle Renarde's "How to Write Convincing Fetish and Niche Market Sex" beseeches the reader-writer to really do the research required to convince our audiences of the authenticity of our characters. What could be worse than a reader picking up one of our books and crossing us off their list for inauthentic characterization?
Charlotte Stein's "Sexy Sentences" illustrates different ways to edit our own work to quicken the pace, deepen the connection, and up the heat level. I literally crossed out two of the three times the word "shoulder" appeared in one of my three-sentence paragraphs when I went back to read my first draft.
Isabo Kelly's "Fighting Sex" is a prime example of what's possible in succinct writing, when you're successful in weaving emotion, choreography, and character in a scene.
Delphine Dryden's "So You Think You Can Kink?" elaborates about the BDSM world and how to have believable characters, scenes, etc.
Jean Johnson's "Biology: The Good, The Bad, & the Sex Scene" explains the differences in arousal peaks in both sexes--important when writing believable sex scenes.
Cari Quinn's "Rx for a Saggy Love Scene" emphasizes the small stuff, the dirty talk, the internal thoughts and emotions. Quite useful for deep POV writing.
Finally, Shoshanna Evers' "Getting Published" gives newbie authors seeking traditional publishing the comprehensive basics of that industry and more. The more refers to tips that indie authors may also find helpful.
Overall, I highly recommend this book, which is a great resource for any writer but most specifically those who strive to write erotic fiction.