The Joy of Writing Sex
A Guide for Fiction Writers
The Joy of Writing Sex is the classic guide to writing convincing sex scenes and its lessons will also teach the craft of writing fiction as a whole. With wit and insight, Elizabeth Benedict explores all the issues: the first time, married sex, adultery, AIDS and more. It is a guide grounded in the experiences of the best novelists writing today: Edmund Wilson, Russell Banks, Toni Morrison, Roddy Doyle, Dorothy Allison and John Updike. Benedict focuses on crafting believable sex scenes that hinge on freshness of character, dialogue, mood and plot.
The Joy of Writing Sex takes into account the changes in sexual attitudes in recent years: cybersex, Monica Lewinsky and solo sex. There are examples of the best contemporary fiction and interviews with some of the most acclaimed young writers: Jeanette Winterson, Darin Strauss, and Stephen McCauley.
It is a book for readers, as much for writers. Well-read and informed Elizabeth Benedict will open up contemporary fiction for serious readers and bookshop browsers.
“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.”
“I read The Joy of Sex cover to cover. I couldn’t put it down. It was fun to read and highly instructive. As a writer, I can only profit from this. I’ll go back to this book again and again.”
“Elizabeth Benedict’s The Joy of Writing Sex answers all the questions you’ve been afraid to ask.”
“Here is clearly the most enterprising how-to book of our era… sane and straightforward and – he said bashfully – very interesting.”
“Elizabeth Benedict’s quietly perceptive guide… a useful book for would-be novelists and an interesting one for readers of fiction.”
‘The Sunday Times’