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If you’re aiming to write the next 50 Shades of Grey here's three little sneaky books that will help you on your journey.
1001 Sexcapades To Do If You Dare
Bobbie Dempsey says that an exciting sex life isn't just for Playboys or Playboy bunnies anymore. With this book on your nightstand, you will be challenged to throw away your inhibitions, increase your pleasure, and keep boredom out of your bedroom for good! There's plenty to keep the passion alive with new positions, new locations, and new twists on old favourites.
The First 50 Pages by Jeff Gerke probably is one of the best writing reference books I have read. It is littered with different coloured post it notes sticking out the side for a quick jump back into it at any time. Why one of the best books? Oh dear, where do I begin? It’s the kind of book you want to read and re-read and re-read. You want to force every sentence to stay permanently fixed in your writing head.
How do you start to build fictional characters when you're an an aspiring writer or author?
Using Victoria Lynn Schmidt’s archetypes will help you make sense of your character and their world. It certainly will help you to address, explore and deal with current situations coming out of your plot.
Before you are put off by the word ‘Archetypes – they are, quite simply, unconscious image patterns that cross cultural boundaries.
James Scott Bell in Plot And Structure tells us that opening lines must hook a reader. Open any Dean Koontz novel to find an excellent example of one line paragraphs with a named person and some sort of immediate interruption to normality. Not just anything, something dangerous or ominous. An interruption to normal life. Give readers a feeling of motion, of something happening or about to happen from the absolute first line.
Check this example from Dean Koontz’s Darkfall:
Penny Dawson woke and heard something moving furtively in the dark bedroom.