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I Give You My Body (How I Write Sex Scenes)


In 2012, I wrote an article for a Canadian magazine titled “How To Write Sex Scenes,” which I discussed in my blog. Quite a few people ask about this.

Over time, I expanded that piece into a how-to manual for those wanting to know more about how I write sex scenes, and to also help aspiring authors. In 2016, I GIVE YOU MY BODY (How I Write Sex Scenes) was released as an ebook. You may purchase it in Apple iBook, Amazon Kindle, or Barnes & Noble Nook formats, using the pull-down menus on the left.

August 26, 2016:

Thank you! Have just heard that I GIVE YOU MY BODY (How I Write Sex Scenes) debuted on the New York Times Bestseller list! Thanks so much to all of you who purchased the ebook, and I hope you’re all enjoying it!

-Diana


Publisher’s Description

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! For writers looking to make sure their next physical interlude on the page inspires readers to share the moment rather than to laugh at it, bestselling 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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