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Susie Bright is a writer's writer -- smart, fearless, and gifted. She's also a generous and insightful teacher, and in How to Write a Dirty Story the "erotica guru" explains the art and the craft of writing in this most difficult of genres.
Illuminated by stories and examples, her solid advice is backed up by years of experience as a writer and a teacher. Whether discussing ways of tapping into the sexual fantasies that are the basis of the best erotica, exercises that can help overcome shame and embarrassment, or moving beyond the clichés that stifle a person's creativity to free the ability to write erotica, Bright hits her targets head-on. Readers will learn how to develop and improve writing skills and engage in exercises to strengthen their command of erotic material. Bright also shares valuable off-the-cuff advice about real-life aspects of writing. These include: how to solicit and select an agent; how to know when your editor is good; what to do when you're given an editor who is either inexperienced, unskilled, or jealous; and common misconceptions about small presses. She discusses the importance of a writer reading her material out loud, first to herself and eventually to a group of supportive friends and family members, offering stories about the shyness many famous writers exhibit when they read their material out loud to a group.
A gifted writer with a keen eye, as well as a terrific teacher with a wealth of experience, Bright delivers the goods to both novice and advanced writers. How to Write a Dirty Story belongs on every writer's shelf. (Judith Estrine)