Offers writers advice on handling human sexuality in their fiction, tells how to write about specific situations, and shares examples of good writing. Even though writing about sex probably ranks on the joy scale somewhere between reading about it and having it, Elizabeth Benedict feels that many writers don't do justice to the act. So she has developed a novel idea: a guide book for fiction writers seeking to create better sex scenes. Benedict, a teacher in Princeton University's Creative Writing Program, doesn't concern herself with pornography but rather with a contention that sex scenes are pivotal in carrying the plot, story and character of some novels. Her point is emphasized through many interviews she conducted with authors on their experience with and views on writing about sex. Now, if she would only visit the film industry.
'I wanted something 100% pornographic and 100% high art': the joy of writing about sex
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The Joy of Writing Sex
Joy of Writing Sex. Why, asks Elizabeth Benedict, is it so difficult to write about sex? You put this in there, describe the reaction, and hey, there you go! Was it good for you too? Out in the real world, fictional or otherwise, sex is beset by contradictory attitudes and a host of different values.
As authors from Chaucer to Hollinghurst have shown, sex reveals our emotions, instincts and morals. T here is a widely held belief, among English-language writers, that sex is impossible to write about well — or at least much harder to write about well than anything else. One of the glories of being a writer in English is that two of our earliest geniuses, Chaucer and Shakespeare, wrote of the sexual body so exuberantly, claiming it for literature and bringing its vocabulary — including all those wonderful four-letter words — into the texture of our literary language. More than this, surely it is absurd to claim that a central activity of human life, a territory of feeling and drama, is off-limits to art. Sex is a uniquely useful tool for a writer, a powerful means not just of revealing character or exploring relationships, but of asking the largest questions about human beings.