Elizabeth Benedict

The Joy of Writing Sex: A Guide for Fiction Writers

The Joy of Writing Sex is the classic guide to writing convincing sex scenes. With wit and insight, Elizabeth Benedict explores all the issues: the first time, married sex, adultery, AIDS, and more. Her instruction, supported with examples from today's most respected writers—among them Dorothy Allison, Russell Banks, Toni Morrison, Susanna Moore, Roddy Doyle, and John Updike—focuses on crafting believable sex scenes that hinge on freshness of character, dialogue, mood, and plot.

In this revised edition, Benedict shines a light on the latest sexual revolution, intimacy on the internet: adds new interviews with Edmund White, Charles Baxter, Darin Strauss, and Stephen McCauley; and includes examples from the best fiction of recent years.

"Read it because it will teach you everything you need to know about writing good fiction, whether your characters are having sex or having breakfast. This book is a course unto itself, and Elizabeth Benedict is a very fine teacher."

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Elizabeth Benedict on ABC Radio Australia talking about The Joy of Writing Sex, August 2009

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