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Be a Sex-Writing Strumpet Paperback – January 13, 2011
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Some things I liked about this book is the fact that Stacia gives you examples of scenes. She'll give you an example of a really lame scene with no descriptive words but then she'll give you another one right behind it with detailed descriptions on feelings, thoughts, etc for each character. I liked that part because I think it will really help me in my own writing when I go back to some of the scenes and go "Wait a minute, that's not a lot of description... what can I add to spice it up a bit?" So I enjoyed that part.
Another section I enjoyed was in 6, can't remember but it was on different words you can use for females/males along with other descriptive words you can use in your books... shaking/shaky, gasping, grasping, velvety, iron-hard, etc! There was some awesome descriptive words in there... enough that I'm going back to write them all down on paper so I can print them out and use them later on to spice up my own scenes.
This book is good if your new to writing sex etc and showing how you can use evocative sentences that aren't horribly graphic to really show your readers what's going on but in a non-blunt way. I will definitely be using this book in the future and I'll probably re-read it as well.
Some of the things I didn't like is that the book seems to be all over the place. Just a bit unorganized. I do realize these were blog posts before they became a book so basically she took the blog posts and just added them to word and voila here they are with different chapters for different days for the blog posts but it makes it a bit confusing. I'd love if it was edited a bit more to clearly show where things are and taking away the blog feel.. I think it just confused me on the kindle :) Another thing I didn't like is the fact there is no table of contents which drove me crazy.. at 25% I was like ahaha I'll come back to this chapter when I'm done to write this information down for quick and easy reference.. but then I realized I could only start from the beginning/middle or end and there is no table of contents so I can't just bounce back to chapter six easily....
I definitely recommend checking this book out though.. its well worth the read, even with the organization being a bit off and no table of contents... but if you're buying... make sure you take notes AS you're reading instead of going back to it, or you'll regret that part LOL :)
Thanks for sharing this information and giving great examples to show the writers what they could possibly be missing in their own sex scenes. Its very informative ;)
Strumpet is a collection of blog posts Ms Kane did over the course of a summer in 2008. It reads like a series of blog posts. It's been my experience that blog collections can be very good or very mediocre--Strumpet falls into the first category. I have read it several times over the course of my having owned it, and each time, I feel like I learn something new, and even more importantly, I am blessed with that gut-churning urge to use it in my writing. Ms Kane sets out to dissect the mechanics of writing different types of sex scenes, and she succeeds royally. She discusses the purposes of a sex scene in the broader thrust (ahem) of a story, the importance of personalizing all scenes to the characters that are living them, the importance of building tension (and the varied ways to do it), and the handling of pacing. She goes in depth about matters like dialogue, awkward sex, and the different types of sex scenes, and she does it in a very down-to-earth, funny, and accessible language, and emphasizes the need to adjust her advise to your own personal style.
Most importantly to me, though, is that each chapter feels like a spur to get into my own writing. Every time I come back to this book, I can reliably read a chapter, and by the time I'm through it, I'm raring to get back into the sensual details of my story. Every. Single. Time. I've tons of books on various aspects of the writing craft, but only a few that brew in me the need to write while reading. Ms. Kane's blog posts can still be found on her website as far as I know, but I am completely thrilled to have spent the money to have this resource at my disposal in book form. One of my true writing treasures. Pretty good for a collection of blog posts.