The reason this book rec d 2 stars instead of 1 is the fact that it has a section on writing erotica romance and how to make a sex scene count I found the information worthwhile Other than that it had the same stuff every other book on writing has and I am glad I checked it out before buying Read it if you haven t read any other help books otherwise borrow it for the section mentioned. Some good writing advice, but the feminist in me raged at all the gender based generalizations thrown around in this book Most of the content was taken from Internet forums and you could see a few places where it hadn t been edited disappointing, considering the cost of the book Also, erorom is an extremely awkward thing to call erotic romance. I like reading books about writing, and erotic anything is a hot genre these days, no pun intended So when I saw Angela Knight s Passionate Ink, released by Loose Id, I had to give it a try.This book is ideal for writers new to the erotic romance genre The author explains the distinction between romance which relies heavily on sexual tension and erotic romance where the characters are having sex, and plenty of it Under those circumstances, something else will have to keep the characters apart either their own personalities or some external conflict, or both.There are plenty of examples from the author s books, with the author adding notes throughout to show what she was trying to do in terms of intensifying conflict and deepening the relationship I also appreciated the warning about what can happen if you tease your readership too much The you build up the anticipation leading to the sex, the better that needs to be.The example given here is of one book where this buildup lasted for hundreds of pages When it finally did happen, it didn t last very long due to the author, not due to the hero and the impression that gave was of an author who wasn t really comfortable with writing about sex Hence the protracted teasing which lead up to a fizzle Personally, I m fine with fade to black in novels like Gone with the Wind, but yeah, if I pick up a hot romance I want heat.Another such EroFail is when the sex is too emotionally heavy for instance, one of the characters is severely scarred from rape This can work great in other genres But in erotic romance, the reader expects lots of exciting sex If the sex comes off as difficult or heartbreaking because of the characters physical emotional wounds, this might be tough to pull off.One thing I didn t like about this book was the author s heavy reliance on alpha males basically, 200 pound guys who sweat testosterone, who are always ready for a fight or a fuck Even if these are common in erotic romance, I would have loved to see nuances here I m not asking for a man who s shy or passive I just want to see someone who would rather outthink the villain than outfight him.But I did appreciate the her suggestions for how to write an erotic novella or a short story There really isn t much room here for the hero and heroine or other hero to meet for the first time, so it helps if they have a past history, especially a past romantic history I used to wonder about whether a romance could be compressed into a short story a la Ellora s Cave s Quickies, and this went far towards answering that question.The book also includes notes on fight scenes, medieval battles, the difference between plate and mail and why the designs of swords changed which I wasn t expecting It s an unexpected bonus in an erotic writing book.From a physics standpoint, a gun that could send somebody flying would also send you flying in the opposite direction when you fired it So resist the urge to knock somebody through a plate glass window with a bullet.But it looked so amazing in Blade Runner Finally, there s an appendix of non fiction books dealing with sex, BDSM, etc I didn t go through this in any detail, but that s because this is a very comprehensive book that covers a lot of angles, which meant I needed to finish it quick and return it to the library Not a gotta have it forever keeper, but definitely an engaging and useful read. I found many parts of this book to be helpful I do recommend it for anyone writing romance books I am sure every romance author will find something in it to help improve their writing Love scenes for the romance genre are probably the most difficult scenes for any writer to write well You have to include really good conflict, you have to write sensations and feelings in a very strong and unique way and of course the loves scenes have to move the plot forward. I really like this book and was glad to have found an ebook version on Google Books I originally read it when it was released in trade paperback and like the amount of information in it The only problem I have is that it has a lot of excerpts in it from one of my favorite romances, Jane s Warlord, and reading those bits makes me want to read that bookagain If you are considering writing erotic romance, this book will help cover a lot of what you will no doubt need to know in this genre It s a lot of work, even as it s also a lot of fun Just be ready to read this book than once as it does have a lot of information and you might not pick up on all of it in your first run through of it. Absolutely made me rethink my approach to character development and crafting a story Even if you are not going to write E Rom like me , it s worth the read to help get you motivated and writing. I found large portions of this book to be a very dry read and the others to be semi entertaining Knight s writing style struck me as rather inconsistent but, despite this, I did find a large chunk of the content to be interesting useful Knight brings up some suggestions ideas techniques with plot, character development and dialogue that I had not considered before with my own writing even the writing that is not of the Erotic Romance genre All in all, I thought it was relevant and worth the read. The Forecast Is In The Future Of Romance Is Hot And Steamy But Riding The Wave To Success Takes Than Stringing Together A Couple Of Sex Scenes USA Today Bestselling Author Knight Shares The Down And Dirty Details On Writing Erotic Romances That Will Keep Readers Coming Back For Like most books that propose to tell you how to write a specific genre, this book gives a few hints for that, then gives advice applicalble for writing any kind of book Nevertheless, Angela Knight is amusing and tells stories about her own experiences as an author This is interesting, but if you aren t remotely interested in erotic romance, you can get the same information in many other books. A really nice book to teach you a little something about writing erotic romance novels for beginners The cover is just gorgeous and really fits the theme nicely, which is the reason why I bought the paperback version and not the digital one.
Angela Knight is an American author of mostly erotic fantasy She was a reporter for ten years and a comic book author She lives in South Carolina First published under Red Sage, she was able to write romantic fiction for the first time in 1996 She published several short stories in their Secrets anthologies Editor Cindy Hwang brought her to Berkley Publishing and has helped her become a best
- 346 pages
- Passionate Ink: A Guide to Writing Erotic Romance
- Angela Knight
- 22 September 2019 Angela Knight