Aphrodite's Pen: The Power of Writing Erotica after Midlife

Aphrodite's Pen: The Power of Writing Erotica after Midlife

by Stella Fosse


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The first book to empower older women writing about erotic experiences in life, the bedroom, and beyond
With concrete tools for writing bawdy, fun, and empowering erotica, Aphrodite’s Pen celebrates sexuality and creativity. The book includes approachable activities designed for novice and seasoned writers and guides readers in creating saucy characters and plot, sensual dialogue, poetry, memoir, and more. Author Stella Fosse, founder of the Elderotica Writers group, offers games and fun writing exercises to spark your imagination. She also provides expert advice for creating a writing circle, getting published, and reading in public.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623174057
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 09/24/2019
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 1,196,218
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

STELLA FOSSE is a late bloomer whose erotic life went from blah to ecstatic in her late fifties. In 2016, Fosse and Lynx Canon founded a group for women over fifty called Elderotica Writers, with monthly meetings to share story writing and friendship. Fosse' story "Terraforming," about the friendship between a bookish woman in her sixties and a well-endowed cowboy, appeared in the 2017 anthology, Dirty Old Women, and she has read several times at the quarterly Dirty Old Women literary event in Oakland. Stella's collaborative project, The Palace of Wisdom, is based on an imaginary erotic spa in Big Sur for women over fifty, which includes floorplans, activities, and rules, which she shares in workshops and online, inviting women to submit stories for a themed anthology. Fosse is retired from a career in biotechnology and lives with her partner in North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 Playing with Ourselves: Games and Short Writes for One 11

The Character Generator 12

Fantasy Phrases 16

Dirty Limericks 18

Interview with Chris Orr 23

Fiction: "Just Right" 26

2 Building Character: Meet the Inner Neighbors 29

Character Builder Activity 30

Interview with Charli Allan 34

Fiction: "The Scotsman's Birthday" 39

3 Plots and Plotting 45

The Counter-Trope Plot Premise 47

Exploring an Example Counter-Trope: Stepwise Plotting 49

Expanding Plot Steps: The Heroine's Journey 50

Your Turn: Plot Activity 53

Interview with Dorothy Freed 54

Fiction: "Nancy Has a Baby" 59

4 Sensuality and Sensory Detail 67

Your Senses Right Now: Activity 67

North Carolina Study 68

Adding Sensory Detail: Activity 69

Bare Bones Scene 70

One Possible Fully Expanded Version of Scene 70

One Possible "Happy Medium" Version of Scene 72

Additional Activities about Sensory Detail 74

Interview with Billie Berlin 75

Fiction: "Summertime 1957" 79

5 Writing Dialogue for a Sexy Story 81

Writing Dialogue 82

Dialogue Activity 84

Writing Sexy Scenes 84

Sexy Scene Writing Activity 86

Bringing It All Together: Activity 86

Interview with Rene Johns 88

Fiction: "Delights of the Flesh" 92

6 Creating Erotic Poetry 93

The Mind of Poetry 93

Poetry and the Erotic 94

Erotic Poetry Games to Get You Started 95

Interview with Jan Steckel 106

Poetry: "I Believe That the Stars Will Shine Again" 112

7 Ecstatic Editing 115

The Cocoon Phase 117

The Playful Phase 117

The Focus Phase 119

The Fine-Tuning Phase 122

The Self-Compassion Phase 123

Interview with Rose K. Mark 124

8 Writing Sisters 127

Forming and Facilitating an Erotic Writing Group 128

Fiction: "At the Museum" 139

Fiction: "Cynara's Altar" 141

Interview with Mya Thomae 147

Fiction: "The Haunted Boner" 150

9 Performing and Publishing 151

Opening the Door to Sharing in Public 151

Performing Erotica 151

Publishing Erotica 156

Interview with Lynx Canon 159

10 Resources to Continue the Journey 163

Erotica by Women of a Certain Age 163

Books about Midlife Sexuality 170

Especially Relevant Books about Writing 173

Visual Books That Celebrate Women past Midlife 175

A Selection of Relevant Websites, Magazines, and Social Media 177

11 Conclusion 179

Appendix: Potential Character Names 181

About the Author 185

About the Contributors 187

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