The Joy of Writing Sex

only sin I recognize is bad writing : prose that is imprecise , flabby , sentimental , and fundamentally dishonest about the experience of being human . The Joy of Writing Sex is not an encyclopedia of sexual tastes and habits from A to ...

Author: Elizabeth Benedict

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: UOM:39015040676507

Category: Fiction

Page: 150

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Elizabeth Benedict is here to help you craft compelling sex scenes that are just right for your fiction - whether your story calls for an encounter that sizzles or one that fizzles. Benedict has explored sensuality in her own novels with great success. So in The Joy of Writing Sex, she covers all the issues head-on - from how to handle creating fiction your grandparents might not approve of, to writing about sex in the age of AIDS. You'll learn to construct scenes that hinge not on the mechanics of sex, but on the freshness of characters, dialogue, mood, plot - all the ingredients of powerful fiction. Throughout, you'll benefit from the voices and experiences of some of today's most prestigious writers - among them, John Updike, Dorothy Allison, Russell Banks, Joyce Carol Oates, Carol Shields and Alan Hollinghurst. For absolute clarity, Benedict uses examples from the finest contemporary fiction to illustrate her points. She takes care to examine each excerpt in context of the whole piece, to help you develop the skills you need to objectively analyze your own work. In the final chapter, you'll find exercises to help you master elements such as dialogue, setting and tone.

Beyond the First Draft The Art of Fiction

THE RUSSELL BANKS remark is from a book called The Joy of Writing Sex by Elizabeth Benedict. A point of disclosure: I was surprised to find that I'd been interviewed and cited. I'd certainly talked with her; I'd known her since she was ...

Author: John Casey

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393244007

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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For students and writers alike, a brilliant guide to the craft of writing by the National Book Award–winning author of Spartina. National Book Award winner John Casey is a masterful novelist who is also an inspiring and beloved teacher. In Beyond the First Draft he offers essential and original insights into the art of writing—and rewriting—fiction. Through anecdotes about other writers’ methods and habits (as well as his own) and close readings of literature from Aristotle to Zola, the essays in this collection offer “suggestions about things to do, things to think about when your writing has got you lost in the woods.” In “Dogma and Anti-dogma” Casey sets out the tried-and-true advice and then comments on when to apply it and when to ignore it. In “What's Funny” he considers the range of comedy from pratfalls to elegant wit. In “In Other Words” he discusses translations and the surprising effects that translating can have on one’s native language. In “Mentors” he pays tribute to those who have guided him and other writers. Throughout the fourteen essays there are notes on voice, point of view, structure, and other crucial elements. This book is an invaluable resource for aspiring writers and a revitalizing companion for seasoned ones.

How to Write Like Tolstoy

“A sex scene”: Elizabeth Benedict, The Joy of Writing Sex: A Guide for Fiction Writers (New York: Holt, 2002). “She was just eating a maraschino ice”: See Lisa Scottoline, “English Class with Mr. Roth,” The New York Times, May 4, 2014, ...

Author: Richard Cohen

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781786070227

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

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A Spectator Best Book of the Year ‘There are three rules for writing a novel,’ Somerset Maugham once said. ‘Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.’ So how to bring characters to life, find a voice, kill your darlings, avoid plagiarism (or choose not to), or run that most challenging of literary gauntlets—writing a good sex scene? Veteran editor and author Richard Cohen takes us on a fascinating excursion into the lives and minds of our greatest writers—from Balzac and Eliot to Woolf and Nabokov, through to Zadie Smith and Stephen King, with a few mischievous detours to Tolstoy along the way. In a glittering tour d’horizon, he lays bare their tricks, motivations, techniques, obsessions and flaws.

Write That Book Already

Kim Addonizio Author of Little Beauties, loves The Joy of Writing Sex by Elizabeth Benedict. “This book offers some great ways to get around erotic clichés, like 'a good sex scene doesn't have to be about good sex,'” she says.

Author: Sam Barry

Publisher: Adams Media

ISBN: 9781605501475

Category: Reference

Page: 240

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From the foreword by Maya Angelou: "[T]he joy they promise in their prose makes me glad that I and other writers have been willing to make good writing our aim, and even great writing our dream." "How do I get my book published?" Good question. Lucky for you, publishing insiders Sam Barry and Kathi Kamen Goldmark have laid out the blueprint for what you want - your book. From transforming an idea into a manuscript to finding an agent to working with an editor to marketing your book, BookPage's Author Enablers are here to assist you every step of the way. And they've brought some backup with original insight from literary superstars like Stephen King, Amy Tan, Rita Mae Brown, and more. It's everything you would ever want - and need - to know about the industry from the inside out.

Writer s Yearbook

THE JOY OF WRITING SEX THE JOY JOY OF WRITING SEX - by Elizabeth Benedict Finally , a frank and intelligent guide to writing convincing sex scenes . Elizabeth Benedict covers all the issues head - on . Her instruction , supported with ...

Author: Aron M. Mathieu


ISBN: IND:30000070281302

Category: Authorship


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Crime and Thriller Writing

Benedict, Elizabeth, The Joy of Writing Sex, Souvenir Press Ltd, 2002. Lawrence Block, Telling Lies for Fun and Profit, William Morrow, New York, 1981; Writing the Novel, Writer's Digest, Cincinnati, 1979.

Author: Michelle Spring

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472524577

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 304

View: 970


Crime and Thriller Writing: A Writers' & Artists' Companion is an essential guide to writing in these exciting genres. PART 1 explores the nature and history of the genre and helpsyou get started with ideas, planning and research. PART 2 includes tips by bestselling crime writers: Mark Billingham, S.J. Bolton, Alafair Burke, Lee Child, N. J. Cooper, Meg Gardiner, Tess Gerritsen, Sophie Hannah, Jim Kelly, Laura Lippman, Gayle Lynds, Alex McBride, Val McDermid, Dreda Say Mitchell, Sara Paretsky, Jill Paton Walsh, George Pelecanos, Ian Rankin, Peter Robinson, S. J. Rozan, Guy Saville, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, Dana Stabenow, Andrew Taylor, Charles Todd and Laura Wilson. PART 3 contains practical advice--from shaping plots and exploring your characters to the meaning of writer's block, the power of the rewrite, and how to find an agent when your novel is complete.

The Arvon Book of Crime and Thriller Writing

Benedict, Elizabeth, The Joy of Writing Sex, Souvenir Press Ltd, 2002. Lawrence Block, Telling Lies for Fun and Profit, William Morrow, New York, 1981; Writing the Novel, Writer's Digest, Cincinnati, 1979.

Author: Michelle Spring

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408131220

Category: Reference

Page: 300

View: 207


A professional handbook from tutors at the prestigious Arvon Foundation writing course with contributions from leading crime writers.

Pen in Hand

Sexual matters are part of everyday life beginning in late childhood and continuing on to its end. ... The Joy of Writing Sex, A Guide for Fiction Writers by Elizabeth Benedict, 1996, will provide you with all the guidance you need to ...

Author: Ethard Wendel Van Stee

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781450242721

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 56

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"The connection which I have shown in this lecture to exist between the energy of the hearts contraction and the length of the muscle fibers, enables us to understand not only the marvelous power of adaptation of the heart to the varying strains of everyday life, but also the condition of this organ in disease, when from overstrain or morbid alterations in its muscles or valves it fails to carry out its functions with efficiency." What a beautiful sentence. It was delivered by the eminent physiologist Ernest H. Starling near the end of his Linacre Lecture given at Cambridge in 1915. When I was a young man editing manuscripts for technical journals, I was appalled by how poorly so many young scientists wrote. As the excerpt from Starling illustrates, scientific reporting was at one time rendered in well crafted prose. So, what happened? Style in scientific writing, as elsewhere, grew so transparent as to disappear altogether. My personal journey put me on a decades long path from technical to creative writing. Good writing is good writing, wherever it is found. My goal is to help you become a sculptor of words as you pursue the art of fiction. Some of what I have gleaned over the years, as heir to an older tradition, I offer to you in this extended essay.

Plot Perfect

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Author: Paula Munier

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599638188

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 282

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Build an Exceptional Plot, One Scene at a Time! Think of your favorite story--the one that kept you turning pages late into the night, the one with a plot so compelling, so multilayered, so perfect that you couldn't put it down. How can you make your own plots--in your novels, short stories, memoirs, or screenplays--just as irresistible? Plot Perfect provides the answer. This one-of-a-kind plotting primer reveals the secrets of creating a story structure that works--no matter what your genre. It gives you the strategies you need to build a scene-by-scene blueprint that will help elevate your fiction and earn the attention of agents and editors. Inside, literary agent, editor, and author Paula Munier shows you how to: • Devise powerful plots and subplots and weave them together seamlessly • Organize your scenes for the greatest impact • Develop captivating protagonists, worthy antagonists, and engaging secondary characters • Use dialogue, setting, tone, and voice to enhance your plot • Layer, refine, and polish your storyline • Define your story in terms of its theme Filled with writing exercises, plotting templates, and expert advice, Plot Perfect helps you dive into the intricacies of plot--and write a compelling story that readers won't be able to resist.

Encyclopedia of Sex and Sexuality Understanding Biology Psychology and Culture 2 volumes

It was his students' shocking ignorance of many sexual matters that first encouraged Comfort to write The Joy of Sex, which he originally conceived as a medical textbook. He later taught at Stanford University and UCLA's Institute for ...

Author: Heather L. Armstrong

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781610698757

Category: Psychology

Page: 859

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Providing a comprehensive framework for the broad subject of human sexuality, this two-volume set offers a context of historical development, scientific discovery, and sociopolitical and sociocultural movements. The broad topic of sex—encompassing subjects as varied as sexuality, sexual and gender identity, abortion, and crimes such as sexual assault—is one of the most controversial in American society today. The two-volume encyclopedic set provides readers with more than 450 entries on the subject, offering a comprehensive overview of major sexuality issues in American and global culture. Themes that run throughout the volumes include sexual health and reproduction, sexual identity and orientation, sexual behaviors and expression, the history of sex and sexology, and sex and society. Entries cover a breadth of subjects, such as the major contributors to the field of sexology; the biological, psychological, and cultural dimensions of sex and sexuality; and how the modern-day political climate and the government play a major role in determining attitudes and beliefs about sex. Written in clear, jargon-free language, this set is ideal for high school and undergraduate students as well as general readers. Explores the important yet often controversial nature of human sexuality through a carefully curated selection of entries that provide clear yet sensitive coverage of the topic Includes a thorough treatment of the understanding of sexual behaviors in individuals and relationships that contextualizes models of sexuality related to contemporary lifestyles Defines common terms related to sexual and gender identity as well as their application to the modern-day understanding of sexual behavior Further readings sections at the end of each entry guide readers toward additional information