For writers looking to make sure their next physical interludes on the page inspire readers to share the moment rather than to laugh at it, best-selling author Diana Gabaldon divulges the writing secrets behind the sex scenes in her wildly popular Outlander novels.
"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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Stunning display of technical writing talent.
This is an audio-book that deserves several repeat listenings. There is so much content to consider that you just cannot do it all in one session.
The narration by Diana Gabaldon is, of course, Herself. The inclusion of clips from the recorded books narrated by Davina Porter brighten and illustrate the technical content. Brilliant combination, and one that I hope others will emulate.
I think this is a first for Diana Gabaldon, but Davina Porter is an established narrative star.
I am absolutely fascinated by the used of "underpainting" to bring alive a scene.
Best of the Year.
- Happy Doc
- Jennifer Douglas