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"Ask me to your bed," he said. "I shall come to ye."
In this revealing compendium, acclaimed writer Diana Gabaldon shares her invaluable lessons for creating an immersive reading experience, from evoking a mood to using the power of emotions to communicate physical intimacy. You'll learn the difference between gratuitous sex and genuine encounters that move the story forward and how to handle less-than-savory acts that nevertheless serve a narrative purpose. Gabaldon also notes that sex can be conveyed instead of described. With such tips as The Rule of Three for involving the senses, handy lists of naughty euphemisms (with instructions for use), and Gabaldon's own examples from the Outlander novels, "I Give You My Body..." is a master class in writing to draw readers in and keep them riveted to the page.
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By Jennifer Douglas on 11-28-16
I bought this audiobook to get an glimpse into Diana's writing process. Although I am not an aspiring writer, I enjoyed listening to Diana's rationale in constructing Jamie and Claire 's love scene. I read and or heard all of outlander series and it's great to relive major moments under 4 hours.
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By Shannon on 09-19-17
Brief, but what is here is good
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
I decided to give this brief instructional book a listen because I love Diana Gabaldon's writing and I wanted to hear her insight into some of her writing methods. I am a writer myself, but have always preferred the "fade to black" mode of including sex scenes. However, Diana has always had a really deft hand with them--the sex scenes in the Outlander series are never gratuitous and always fit seamlessly into the narrative and the character arcs.
I would recommend this eBook/audiobook to (1) people who like Diana Gabaldon and (2) aspiring writers looking for the tips promised in the title. The audiobook runs for 3 hours but I would wager that more than half of that running time is actually the excerpts/examples given from the main novels. Diana's commentary on the scenes is all too brief and often written in bullet points. I wish she had gone into more detail, but her tips and advice are all very sound. It isn't about the graphic stuff, not really--it's about the emotion and she is clear in how exactly that can be accomplished.
What did you like best about this story?
The best portion of the book is towards the end, when Diana breaks down a scene from The Fiery Cross line-by-line. This deep dive into a scene allows her to explain why she made every choice that she did in this particular scene and to showcase how the finished scene demonstrates what she has been talking about: the Rule of 3 and the way she incorporates at least three senses; the way that the scene both moves the story forward and has an emotional purpose; and even how she subtly indicates what is happening without being graphic. This breakdown is very interesting and informative and I wish she had done it with a few more scenes, especially the lengthy excerpt from A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Jamie and Claire post-incident).
What about the narrators’s performance did you like?
Davina Porter and the narrators from The Scottish Prisoner are excerpted for the sections from the novels and they are all great readers. Diana reads the instructional portions of the book herself. She speaks as swiftly and as charmingly as she always does. She sounds like a real person and it's nice to hear her own inflections (especially how she reads the excerpt from The Fiery Cross, compared with how Davina Porter does it).
Do you think "I Give You My Body..." needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
I wouldn't refuse another eBook from Diana after writing craft. I would like it to be slightly lengthier. This is merely an interesting curio and bonus for fans of the Outlander series/aspiring writers.
Any additional comments?
Overall, this was enjoyable and definitely offered some insight into Diana Gabaldon's writing practices but it was very short and I would have liked more scene-by-scene breakdowns.
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By Kindle Customer on 10-26-17
Slow down Mrs Gabaldon!
Beyond a doubt Diana Gabaldon is an outstanding writer with a huge culture at large and a huge culture of words. She has a lot to say, but I would be interested to know if anyone else felt like me; dizzy. She speaks so fast that I have had to stop several times because there is just no way to assimilate what she is saying which is theoritical -- she is there speaking about how she writes , but does so as fast as Speedy Gonzales! It is an indication of a racing mind, which comes as no surprise as the woman is both creative and intelligent, but I wish, I really wish someone had told her when she recorded to slow down.
Does anybody else feel the same? I know all the scenes that are quoted, they are familiar to me, but the explanations she gave are lost because of her speed. It is a pity as it is interesting.
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By Leila on 02-27-17
A wonderful insight and resource
I really enjoyed the opportunity to hear a favourite author talk about how she writes intimacy- and the insights into how her characters embody her narrative and interact with her.
The use of the recorded books excerpts was also a pleasure- especially since I have only listened to Diana's stories, their narration and artistic choices are intrinsic to my experience of the Gabaldon oeuvre.
The contrast of Davina Porter and Jeff Woodward's narration and Diana's reading of her treatise is the only quibble- I really liked hearing the author's pedagogic tone (especially her irrepressible dry wit), it was too fast, and as I listen while driving, impossible to switch speeds between the excepts and the analytic passages.
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