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How to Write Hot Sex by Shoshanna Evers
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Apr 16, 12

bookshelves: non-fiction, erotica
Recommended for: People who already know they can write good fiction, but want tips on writing erotic fiction.
Read from April 13 to 16, 2012 — I own a copy, read count: 0.5

I can't really claim to have read this one. I flicked through large sections wondering why I'd bought the book. Oh yes, it was because I've been writing more sex into my books and wanted some advice from people who did that kind of writing more often than I. Apparently I don't need the advice since I considered the essays in this book incredibly obvious.

The only article I found useful was Jean Johnson's one on the biology involved in sex and how you can use that to improve your writing. Sadly, the information on female anatomy and arousal mechanics is a little out of date, but it was still a good read and useful. Unfortunately, it's not so easy to go back and dip in for those nuggets of glorious data because...

The formatting on the Kindle version is deplorable. Sections are bulk italic or underlined. There is no table of contents at all. Random access reading or finding references requires you to guess page numbers.

Other irritating features:
- The authors are all women. It might have been nice to see one man in there.
- The authors have a tendency to blow their own horns a lot. And a little oddly; writing for Literotica while a fine and noble thing, does not a good erotica writer make. I got a reader's choice prize for a Literotica story!
- There seemed to be an enormous desire to justify the genre. "We don't right porn, we write erotica. Well, it's romance really. Yes, there's a difference. Look this is it... What, you can't see it?" I think this comes down to editing. The editor should have picked the best self-justification exercise and told the others to drop it. It just comes over as insecure.

my overall impression of this book is that I now realise why there's so much over-priced, dreadful erotic fiction in the market. People read books like this, think they're going to make a mint, and away they go.

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