How to Write a Dirty Story: Reading, Writing, and Publishing Erotica

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Simon and Schuster, Feb 5, 2002 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 256 pages
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For aspiring erotica writers -- and authors in any genre who want to make the "good" parts great
Susie Bright is the first and reigning queen of contemporary erotica. In How to Write a Dirty Story she reveals her tricks of the trade and shows you how to heat up sex scenes in everything from traditional novels and romances to science fiction and humor. Easing the aspiring writer into the creative process, she tells you how to write the steamy plots and sensual characters that publishers and readers are looking for. Bright makes it easy to:
Produce unique ideas * Master erotic language
Climax the story * Sell your work to the right place
Each chapter features practical writing exercises and suggestions for nonwriting activities that will galvanize the imagination and raze any creative or psychological hurdle. When it's time to go public, Bright draws on her own writing and publishing experiences and explains the most effective ways to find an agent, work with an editor, and grow a loyal audience.
As irreverent as it is practical, How to Write a Dirty Story is the only book an erotica author -- novice or seasoned -- needs.

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User Review  - Murphy-Jacobs - LibraryThing

I need to acquire a new copy of this book, as my old one went off to a friend some years ago. I remember reading it and laughing -- laughing over the honesty, the good advice, and the wry twisty humor ... Read full review

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User Review  - Heather - Goodreads

My June TBR challenge ... I wish there were more exercises in this book, more writing prompts. There are ones I will definitely use (applying personal fantasies to fictional characters) and ones I ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Susie Bright is the editor of The Best American Erotica series and host of the weekly audio show In Bed with Susie Bright on She has been a columnist for Playboy and Salon, and has been profiled in USA TODAY, Los Angeles Times, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, and Vanity Fair, among other publications. An international lecturer on sexuality and feminism, she won the 2004 Writer of the Year Award at the Erotic Awards in London. Ms. Bright lives in Santa Cruz, California.

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