The Joy of Writing Sex: A Guide for Fiction Writers

By Elizabeth Benedict

Twelve years after it used to be first released, The pleasure of Writing Sex continues to be the vintage writer's source on developing compelling intercourse scenes. Elizabeth Benedict covers all of the matters, from the 1st time, to married intercourse and adultery, to intercourse within the age of AIDS.

Her guide, supported with examples from the works of present day most dear writers―among them, Dorothy Allison, Russell Banks, Alan Hollinghurst, Joyce Carol Oates, Carol Shields, and John Updike―focuses on crafting plausible intercourse scenes that hinge on freshness of personality, discussion, temper, and plot.

In this revised version, Benedict addresses the newest sexual revolution, intimacy on the net; provides new interviews with Edmund White, Darren Strauss, Stephen McCauley, and different writers; and updates her choices to incorporate examples from the easiest fiction of the prior few years.

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