Writing and Your Sexy Bits

Sam Lipsyte, who wrote the funniest book I have ever read, offers some observations about writing about sex:

The truth is, I have never sat at my desk and thought, “Today, I shall pen a mighty portrait of coitus!” No, these imaginative encounters seem to creep up on me in the first draft, sort of like when two people fall in love, or lust. One minute you’re chatting away about the legacy of Robert Bork and the next you’re trying to meld your bodies into one ecstatic pulsating organism. When it’s happening on the page, though, things get tricky. We might have the tendency to quickly cover up from the embarrassment of seeing our characters in the buff or else take on the role of salacious puppeteer. The prose can suffer from these reactions, as well as from overly clinical description, or, in some notorious cases, overcooked metaphor. Being caught with your aesthetic pants down can be a writer’s worst fear.

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One Response to Writing and Your Sexy Bits

  1. yourothermotherhere says:

    Well fuck!

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