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Forget 50 Shades, Read About 40 Years ~ In Porn: The Irv O. Neil Interview

Forget 50 Shades, Read About 40 Years ~ In Porn: The Irv O. Neil Interview | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Irv O. Neil is a New York-based writer and editor who has been in the porn business since 1974. Yes, that's him as a mad doctor with a foot fetish in a 1998 Leg Action pictorial with Maya Moore (ph...
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Booker winner Richard Flanagan nominated for 2014 Bad Sex Prize - Telegraph

Booker winner Richard Flanagan nominated for 2014 Bad Sex Prize - Telegraph | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Richard Flanagan's The Narrow Road to the Deep North on the shortlist for prize highlighting the worst description of sex in fiction
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List of nominees; "award" on December 3rd.

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So bad it's good? ...Well, at least it makes ya laugh.

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Erotica writing tips @ Reddit

Erotica writing tips @ Reddit | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Given that we all know how easy it is for people to write bad sex scenes - the Bad Sex Awards are proof enough of that. What tips so people have...
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Examples of euphemisms overused in #romance #novels

Examples of euphemisms overused in #romance #novels | Sex Work | Scoop.it
When it comes to fiction, particularly romance, writers are in grave danger of using silly words and cheesy euphemisms to sound more poetic. Let’s face it, saying penis, vagina, and mammary glands is not very romantic. Bad descriptions of private parts and how they interact are also the result of trying desperately to avoid ‘dirty’ words: most notably the ‘p’ word or ‘c’ word for women, the ‘c’ word or ‘d’ word for men, and the ‘f’ word for the deed itself.

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What are the worst terms you’ve seen used to refer to sex and sexual parts?

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BDSM Writers Con August 21 - 24, 2014

BDSM Writers Con August 21 - 24, 2014 | Sex Work | Scoop.it

BDSM Writers Con is for EVERYONE interested in writing about or exploring the world of Dominance and submission.

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How To Write About Sex Without Being Boring

How To Write About Sex Without Being Boring | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Sexuality is one of our most basic drives, but it's also fundamental to our identities as people. Which means sex is the subject of a million cliches, and tons of terrible writing. Not to mention, stupid prejudice. The good news? Science fiction and fantasy writers have a special opportunity to look at sex afresh. Here's how.
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How to Price Your Romance eBOOK

How to Price Your Romance eBOOK | Sex Work | Scoop.it

What do prices tell you about the quality of an eBook?

 

 

Writers

How do you price your books?


Readers

At what price are you comfortable buying a Romance eBook?

 

 

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Would this, should this, be the same for erotica?

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Shonda Brock's comment, April 21, 9:39 AM
Great question. I don't think Erotica was included in the study.
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You can write erotica too!

You can write erotica too! | Sex Work | Scoop.it
In one of my previous posts, I showed you a picture of myself holding this vintage magazine, and I mentioned that aside from the fact that I loved the cover, its image sparked ideas in my mind abou...
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OK, So Here's The Thing... #sexwork #erotica

OK, So Here's The Thing... #sexwork #erotica | Sex Work | Scoop.it

When I began writing erotica and non-fiction articles on sexuality I took a pen name for privacy. But it might surprise those of you who do not write to know that one of the biggest reasons was to separate one writing career from another.

Anyone who writes, as a profession or a hobby, knows that over-all perception of erotica authors is poor and no where is this belief held more firmly than within the writing community. "They're not real writers," other they say (or type). It's not just that we dare to write about sex (or even profit from it) but if we write about it, it must be because we "can't really write" and this is our last resort.

Anyone who writes erotica (dirty stories, erotic literature, porn -- whatever you choose to call it) will tell you that writing smut takes extra skill. For not only must you obey all the rules of writing but you must make it arousing too. Just trying to find synonyms for "cock" (without sounding cliched) and "orgasm" (virtually non-existent) is a challenge. But 'the real writers' will giggle and sneer. I've seen the cruelty in writer's groups and online forums firsthand.

Even mainstream editors and publications may reject your work on these very notions, or just from the fear of any association. Even for non-fiction works this happens. Mention you write 'about sex' in any fashion (or have them discover you do so) and you're blackballed. So in order to preserve my professional mainstream writing reputation, I created a pen name upon joining the ranks of smut writers.

You'd think that a group which has experienced such persecution and unfair devaluation would be wiser. But they are not.

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Writing Bondage Fiction

Writing Bondage Fiction | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Bondage fiction is a lot like heavy metal...the lyrics don't really matter as long as the sound is right. Lots of poseurs try to fake their way through the motions, but true believers can always suss the real deal after the first three notes. Cool costumes help, but aren't always essential. And girls can play lead, too.

In other words, it's a genre, and hallowed be its tenets, customs, mores and conventions.

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Prose & Lore: The RedUP Literary Journal | Red Umbrella Project

Prose & Lore: The RedUP Literary Journal | Red Umbrella Project | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Prose & Lore is the Red Umbrella Project’s literary journal, which collects memoir stories about sex work in two issues per year (Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer). The stories are original to Prose & Lore, and about 75% of the authors in each issue are previously unpublished. Many of the contributors participate in our memoir workshops and drop-in writing sessions.

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Also information on how to contribute even if you can't make the writing sessions.

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Sex Work, Discretion And Writing

Sex Work, Discretion And Writing | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Being both a writer and a sex worker is hard.

 

It’s not a question of time, nor is it a question of money; it’s really a question of discretion. My work requires so much secrecy. I keep secrets for my safety, for my co-workers’ safety, and for the protection of the men who pay us. I don’t write under my real name because I don’t want to incur the wrath of the law. I can never be entirely truthful because so much of what I do is at least legally dubious, if not downright illegal. Saying too much could absolutely ruin my co-workers, my clients, and even myself.

 

I wish this wasn’t true. Telling true stories of the ho life to a wide audience and showing that sex workers are not the flamingos stock photos portray us as, but are actually real people who stand on two legs and have normal lives is one of the things that will gradually bring us greater acceptance. Being unable to speak openly and freely does no favors for us.

 
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Romance and pornography : Popular Romance Project

Romance and pornography : Popular Romance Project | Sex Work | Scoop.it

I teach an undergraduate seminar on “Gender, Sexuality, and Popular Culture” with a unit on the romance genre. This year, for the first time ever, the class consists entirely of women. Also new this year is an exercise we invented of an online, collaborative romance narrative. One question that came up in our writing experiment was how, when, and why to include sex scenes. We talked a lot about depictions of sexuality in romance fiction, as well as in the sex-saturated corridors of popular culture. How are the love scenes in romance different from those in pornography or erotica?

 

...I’m interested in the notion that a feminist is a woman who writes—a woman who dares explore ideas and fantasies that run contrary to patriarchal scripts for feminine docility, submissiveness, and sexual passivity. These scripts are still alive in the impossible contradictions and double standards my students report: be sexy but also pure, demands the culture. If guys sleep around it’s a sign of mastery and control, but if you do it you’re a slut.


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Good sex in literature: why is it so hard to find?

Good sex in literature: why is it so hard to find? | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Stuart Jeffries: Julian Barnes claims that British novelists feel obligated to write love scenes and so make a hash of it, replacing euphemisms with cliches. So what is so tricky about literary sex?

 

...Why is sex so hard to write well? Perhaps, the most lovely passages of sex in fiction are those that concern the moments before or immediately after rather than in what highbrow critics call mid-rumpypumpydom.

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Stealing Is Stealing, Even on Twitter

Stealing Is Stealing, Even on Twitter | Sex Work | Scoop.it
How long until something as ephemeral as Twitter is respected as a protected medium for creation? This may all sound overly dramatic — we're talking about where a fake Guy Fieri menu came from — but the boundaries of ownership do matter.

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I know a lot of people new to certain areas of sex work, marketing adult sites, etc. who could use this reminder, especially when it comes to photographs and images.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, February 21, 2013 12:48 AM

How do people not know that stealing is stealing? It doesn't matter how old or new the method of publication is, folks.

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Ten Tips for Writing Those Pesky Sex Scenes

Ten Tips for Writing Those Pesky Sex Scenes | Sex Work | Scoop.it
When I first got the idea to write this I thought that I could use the Guardian Bad Sex Writing Awards as an example of what not to write in a sex scene. However, having just ploughed my way throug...
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When “Free” Isn’t Liberty. And Equals Poverty. | Cult of Gracie

When “Free” Isn’t Liberty. And Equals Poverty. | Cult of Gracie | Sex Work | Scoop.it

I respond to Kara's Things That Need To Stop, on the subject of reviewing sex toys.

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