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The Joy of Writing Sex: A Guide for Fiction Writers

by Elizabeth Benedict

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Heh. Not really. ( )
  Steelwhisper | Mar 30, 2013 |
While this book offers useful hints and some good ideas, it is much too caught up in reprinting excerpts from writers that the author admires. ( )
  siliconrose | Jul 28, 2007 |
I found this book back in Barnes & Noble during the summer of 2005. I was thrilled to find it, because everyone and anyone has a theory of how sex should be handled in fiction, when in truth, the subject is far more complex than most people give it credit for, especially for fiction. And since I knew my own work would feature some kind of sexual overtones, if not the dirty deed itself, I figured I needed all the help I could get. :)

No need to get into a long-winded review: I think this is an excellent resource for writers of all genres, though I don’t know if romance writers will find it enlightening or old hat. But the book focuses on a variety of sexual relationships and the uniqueness of each. The book also stresses that sex should be more than gratuitous or entertainment (it’s heavy in the literary way of looking at this), it should serve to do something aside from hooking two characters up. There’s a lot of focus on character motivation and desires and how that should define sex scenes in novels, and there’s plenty of examples from various works of fiction.

I think it’s fortunate that we live in a society where sex is prominent in fiction, film, and television. We’re not so gun-shy anymore about talking about it or reading about it, so chances are, you’ve been exposed to a variety of sex scenes while reading without really being “aware” of it. I think that’s the author’s point: sex should be so integrated to the characters and story as a whole that it’s a natural thing to come out of the book. There’s also a focus on intimacy between people, which is equally important. I can easily recommend this book to any writer faced with the possibility of writing a sex scene. It might give you ideas, or at the very a least, a new way to look at a familiar subject. ( )
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Even though writing about sex probably ranks on the joy scale somewhere between reading about it and having it, Elizabeth Benedict feels that many writers don't do justice to the act. So she has developed a novel idea: a guide book for fiction writers seeking to create better sex scenes. Benedict, a teacher in Princeton University's Creative Writing Program, doesn't concern herself with pornography but rather with a contention that sex scenes are pivotal in carrying the plot, story and character of some novels. Her point is emphasized through many interviews she conducted with authors on their experience with and views on writing about sex. Now, if she would only visit the film industry . . .

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Offers writers advice on handling human sexuality in their fiction, tells how to write about specific situations, and shares examples of good writing.

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