Do I feel lucky? Oh yes. Yesterday, I met up with the delightful Betty Herbert, author of erotic fiction, and wise lady of the all things bedchamber related. I had 'won' a critique of a 'love scene' from Betty via the wonderful Authors for Japan fundraiser in March this year so I was excited when she offered to meet with me in London in the wilderness of St. James to run through my feebly attempted love scene. I felt like an ingenue being received into court of an experienced Duchess. She is that good. We discussed numerous topics, Sex, Filthy Books, Positions...oh wait, not really, well okay, kinda... And, then we talked about my chapter, and her feedback was invaluable, I blushed furiously whilst she flattered and then I took notes!
One thought stuck in mind whilst we talked and I want to share it with you. When writing amorous scenes, it's best to get comfortable with the subject, and the only way to do that is to confront it face on, read up on it! Figure out what you're going to call 'those bits' of anatomy. I know it's stating the obvious, but sometimes... you need that reminder. Read What You Write. So, at the end of our lovely discussion, I headed off in search of the filthiest books...all in aid of research and well, okay...who am I kidding, it could be useful in other areas of life. Who knows?
A/N: Sometimes, I feel bombarded with a wealth of online writing tips, so much that it leaves my head spinning ala spooky child from 'The Exorcist'. Tis hard to know who or what to listen to. Without doubt, the time spent with Betty yesterday was more valuable than me wading through many links. If you get the opportunity to meet with an experienced author, face to face - do it! I thoroughly recommend it. Happy Monday all, and have a wonderful week! Catch you on Friday.