Anyone up for a writing exercise?

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Anyone up for a writing exercise?
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Sat, 06-27-2009 - 11:28pm
So I've been reading Susie Bright, which is a dangerous thing to do, and therefore something that a writer should indulge him or herself in at every available opportunity. The following exercise is taken verbatim from her How to Write a Dirty Story, and is in two parts.

Part 1:

What You'll Need: Some uninterrupted time to read.



Familiarize yourself with novels or short stories from the following erotic genres. I've listed a well-known author or title in each genre if you don't already have a favorite yourself — these are hardly the only ones, just a few standard-bearers.



Erotic romance: Robin Schone's The Lady's Tutor, Rosemary Rogers' Sweet Savage Love



Erotic Sci-fi: Cecilia Tan, anything from Circlet Press, Crash



Gothic: Anne Rice, writing as A. N. Roquelaure



Horror: Lucy Taylor, Poppy Z. Brite



Plain Brown Wrapper: Snything by Anonymous, Penthouse Letters



Victorian: The Pearl, A Man and a Maid



Women's Erotica: Herotica, Fear of Flying, Delta of Venus



Modern Classics: Henry Miller, Lady Chatterly's Lover



The Classic: The Story of O



Mystery/Thriller: In the Cut, the Noirotica series



Lesbian: Pat Califia, Tristan Taormino, Hot and Bothered



Gay: John Preston, John Rechy, Flesh and the Word, Aaron Travis



Part 2:

What You'll Need: Writing paper, a pen, scraps of paper or index cards, a kitchen timer you can set quickly for three minutes.



• Write down the genre names that you feel familiar with (from the above list) on separate slips of paper. Put them facedown, shuffle, and choose one.



• Set the timer to three minutes and begin writing in the most blatantly sexual, clichéd imitation of this genre you can muster. Be completely uninhibited; don't try for finesse, just use broad strokes.



• If you can't think of a first sentence, take this line and begin: "S/he reached for the door and . . ."



• When your alarm rings, stop writing on the spot.



• Draw a line under your first passage, and set the timer again for three minutes. Choose another scrap of paper.



• Continue writing the story you've begun, only in this new genre. Don't worry about changing the scene, time, or any other illogical leaps; just get busy with this new interpretation of the action.



• Change genres every three minutes in this fashion until you've come to the end of your scrap pile.



• Read your entire, fractured-genre story aloud. If you have a group or partner to share this exercise with, so much the merrier. Of course, it will be funny to hear your stabs at these different styles, but your laughter will be instructive.



• Answer these questions: Which genres were the easiest for you to imitate? Is that because you like to read those genres the best or because you find them the simplest to satirize? What clichés are the icons of these various writing traditions? Do you ever see their influence in your own writing? Which style was the hardest for you to riff on? What does that tell you about your own writing?



The goal of this little exercise is four fold:



• Increase your knowledge of the variety of erotic writing.



• Learn from the masters of the craft.



• Find out which styles you've been most influenced by.



• Sharpen your own writing style by having some fun with others'.



After you finish this exercise, you'll never believe again . . ."



• That erotic writing is all alike.



• That writing "dirty" is a snap.



• That your writing has been unaffected by the erotic classics.


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Sat, 06-27-2009 - 11:38pm

What a wonderful resource Steve!


Thank you!!!!!!!!

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Sun, 06-28-2009 - 12:41am
I love Susie Bright! I have that book you quoted from, Steve. She's a wonderful resource and really gives excellent advice.
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Registered: 01-07-2009
Sun, 06-28-2009 - 9:34am

Steve,


This sounds like a great exercise, my issue is #1 uninterrupted reading time... DH does not allow this...I pick up a book and he feels the need to start talking.


I am going to give this a shot but no guarantees...

 


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Sun, 06-28-2009 - 2:20pm
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Registered: 02-28-2006
Sun, 06-28-2009 - 3:42pm
I'm working on it... I'm working on it... sheesh!!!
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Registered: 12-06-2007
Mon, 06-29-2009 - 1:51pm

... DH does not allow this...I pick up a book and he feels the need to start talking.


Oh you have a spouse that does that too? We can be in separate buildings and she can sense that I'm reading and attempt to start a conversation with me. It's uncanny!


Maybe we should get your DH with my DW and let them drive each other crazy while you and I sit contentedly and read. Really, that's all we'll do: read.

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Registered: 08-01-2006
Mon, 06-29-2009 - 3:33pm
Let's make it a 3some.... My hubby does the same thing. But, God forbid if he's watching or doing



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Mon, 06-29-2009 - 6:00pm
I would love to be able to sit and read... can I lean on you while I read?

 


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Tue, 06-30-2009 - 12:01am
Oh I don't even try to get a word in edgewise. Even edgewise, words can't get through the space between her ear and the telephone. Of course, when I want to read--that's the time she's off the phone! And she'll tell you that the only time I read is when she's off the phone. Funny how that works out.
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Tue, 06-30-2009 - 12:02am
Please do...lean on me. Hey, that's a good song title.