Compass Points - Passionate Plots: A Brief Guide to Writing Erotic Stories and Scenes

Compass Points - Passionate Plots: A Brief Guide to Writing Erotic Stories and Scenes

by Kelly Lawrence

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Compass Points - Passionate Plots: A Brief Guide to Writing Erotic Stories and Scenes by Kelly Lawrence

New and emerging writers, existing writers looking to expand their skills and readers of erotic literature interested in writing their own stories will find this book a lively and informative 'how to' on writing erotica. Written by a published author, Passionate Plots focuses upon plot and crafting integral erotic scenes, with practical exercises for the reader.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781782794295
Publisher: Hunt, John Publishing
Publication date: 03/28/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 93
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Kelly Lawrence is a writer, teacher and mother from Coventry, West Midlands.

Table of Contents

Introduction - Why Erotica? 1

So how do I know if this genre is for me? 2

Writing Exercise: How do you define 'erotic'?

Chapter 1 What's In A Name? 5

Porn, erotica, or romance? Sub-genres 6

Writing Exercise: What's your Sub-Genre? 9

Adding Spice to any Genre Literary vs. commercial fiction and erotica 11

A Brief History of Erotic Writing 12

Chapter Overview 14

Chapter 2 The Stars of the Show 17

The Elements of Characterisation Heroes and heroines 22

Is three always a crowd? 26

Using Viewpoint to Convey Character 27

Writing Exercise: Lonely Hearts 29

Chapter Overview 31

Chapter 3 Drama and Conflict 33

Why conflict is essential to your plot Creating Drama 37

Writing Exercise: Creating Conflict and Drama Sexual Tension 101 38

Writing Exercise: Adding Sexual Tension 43

Chapter Overview 44

Chapter 4 Plot, Plot, Plot 45

Planning and plotting; your story arc Keeping the erotic essential: motive, outcomes and development 48

Writing Exercise: Recognising motive and outcome 52

Endings and begirmings and avoiding a saggy middle Writing Exercise: Aristotle's Three Acts 54

Chapter Overview 58

Chapter 5 Getting Down and Dirty 61

Creating realistic sex scenes Sensuality 63

Writing Exercise: Using the Five Senses 64

Erotic language and creating your own glossary 65

Going all the way vs. going too far 66

How not to do it - the Bad Sex Award 68

Connecting with the reader and getting in the mood 69

Writing Exercise: Write your own sex scene using memory 70

Chapter Overview 71

Afterword - From Pitch to Publication 73

Research and queries Writing Exercise: Write a query letter 75

Publishing and self-publishing 76

The short story market 77

The erotic e-market 78

Writing Exercise: Write your Mission Statement

Resources 80

General - Books

General - Online

Erotica Presses and Publishers

About the Author 82

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