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Writing Red Hot Erotic Romances

September 30, 2007 by in category Archives tagged as

Why erotica? Why now?

Sex isn’t the taboo it once was. HBO’s Sex in the City made it okay to pop a vibrator into your shopping bag along with a pair of stilettos. Women want that same freedom in choosing the books they read.

It all started with FANNY HILL. Considered to be the first erotic novel, the memoirs of this woman of pleasure by John Cleland published in 1749 was the subject of the 1966 landmark Supreme Court case that opened the door to publishing erotic fiction in the United States. Since then, men have had all the fun. Now it’s time for women to get in on the reading action.

What we read mirrors what’s going in our society. No surprise then that erotic fiction is so popular. According to a recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the number of sex scenes aired on TV has doubled in the last seven years. Seventy percent of shows on TV include some sexual content–double what the figure was in 1998.

Lesson 1: Overview: the history of erotic romance

Lesson 2: Subgenres of erotic romance: historical, contemporary, paranormal, fantasy and futuristic

Lesson 3: Erotic language — which words to use, not to use, etc.

Lesson 4: Coming up with an idea

Lesson 5: “A Hero’s/Heroine’s Erotic Journey”

Lesson 6: POV: 1st vs. 3rd; how to think like a man; head hopping vs. bed hopping

Lesson 7: Research

Lesson 8: Erotic romance is not –the difference and what publishers want

About the Instructors:
Jina Bacarr is the award winning author of Naughty Paris and The Blonde
Geisha from Spice Books. Lyndi Lamont writes erotic romance, including
male/male for Amber Heat, the erotic imprint of Amber Quill Press.

Enrollment Information:
Cost: OCC members $20 and Nonmembers $30
Enrollment deadline: October 13, 2007

For more infromation, see the website http://www.occrwa.com/classes_October.htm
or e-mail online class moderator Lori Pyne at luv2write@gmail.com

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Wisdom from Writers Rock

September 30, 2007 by in category Archives tagged as

by Barbara DeLong

Hey, are you new to OCC meetings? If not new, are you so used to the lonely life of a writer that you’ve lost what social skills you might have known in a prior life? Maybe you’re just shy, or intimidated by the many stars of romance who attend our meetings. You walk in, find a chair and sit. You’d love to be included in the many conversations going on around you, work the room, network. But you don’t. You just sit.

Let me tell you about my first experiences with OCC. It was Jann Audiss who told me about the chapter when we met at Maralys Wills novel writing class many years ago. She persuaded me to try out a meeting and join the organization. I met her at the Days Inn the following month. For many months we attended every meeting and for some reason we felt we were still on the fringes of the group, outsiders, kind of like two kids pressing their noses to the candy store window.

Then one meeting, Jann said, “You know what? We’re going to turn around and introduce ourselves to the next person who sits behind us.”

We did. That’s how we met Cathy Oliver. The three of us quickly became fast friends and formed a critique group. Ok. Now there were three of us pressing our noses to the candy store window. What to do. What to do.

Wham! It hit us like that great story idea that makes our hearts race at three in the morning and has us scrambling in the dark for a pen and pencil. Volunteer! How many times had we heard that volunteering is a great way to meet people, make friends and help the organization? Since that great epiphany, we’ve been everything from co-president, to secretary to ways and means, audio, Write for the Money, Orange Blossom Contest co-ordinator and assistants, first OCC conference co-ordinator, newsletter distributors – you get the picture. Now we have no problem working the room. We’re in the candy store.

So, when the call for volunteers goes out, step up. Grab some candy. Oh, and say hello to the person behind you. They just might become your next BFF!

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