Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Bad Sex, Good Sex

Writes Elizabeth Benedict in The Joy of Writing Sex: A Guide for Fiction Writers:
… sex makes people vulnerable. And in that vulnerability, we change and we do things that surprise us. Sometimes we become cruel, sometimes we become infantile, sometimes we fall in love. And sex is very powerful. As writers we have to learn how to exploit the power of sex in our writing ...
Many writers, among them the most famous and respected, fall flat on their bums. Others use sex effectively, not only to get deep inside their characters' skins, but to underline the message of their novel.

My article in the current issue of chrome is about getting sex down to the page, so now with your appetite whetted, go buy! (And if I'm not a sufficient draw, I'm sandwiched between Dina Zaman talking about talking respectfully, and Oon Yeoh writing about Khairy Jamaluddin.)

5 comments:

lil ms d said...

you know who writes about sex marvellously?

anais nin. also, the erotica writers from the victorian era. they're so lyrical.

read your piece sharon in chrome :)

bibliobibuli said...

I love Nin. Didn't put her into the article because she was writing erotica and I was looking at sex in lierary fiction ... but yes, few write about sex as well as she does.

The Visitor said...

havent u oredi posted an entry on writing sex? i remember reading it

bibliobibuli said...

Yes visitor - I wrote about tom wolfe getting last year's bad sex award .

I get ideas for articles from things I'm blogging ...

Anonymous said...

hold on, what exactly _is_ "Chrome" ?