- Why Are You Writing About Sex?
- It's feelings that matter
- Examples of Writing About Sex Without Writing About Sex
- Why it Matters, and the Difference it Makes to Readers
- What Have We Learned, and What Comes Next?
- And Now - A Bonus
- Brevity Assignment for Lecture 7
Most of the submissions we receive at Mandrill Press are unpublishable. There’s often the germ of a good story there, but the writers make the same mistakes over and over again. Their characters aren’t convincing. They tell us things instead of showing them to us. The structure is hopeless. There’s no conflict. Or no theme. Or…well, it’s a long list.
A lot of those mistakes could be put right if the writers knew they were making them. That’s why we're creating a series of short classes on the various things that novice writers get wrong. And how to fix them. Our hope is that the quality of submissions will improve.
This is the first. The others will follow at 10 day intervals, beginning with Show, Don't Tell (Course 2) and moving on to Timelines and How to Get Them Right (Course 3); ultimately there will be 15 short courses, each focused on a single error often made by novice writers (and some who are experienced).
This first course breaks the ice with a fairly light-hearted look at something all would-be novelists need to learn. How do you write about sex without writing about sex? (It's about not distracting your readers from the meat of the story).
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About the instructors
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Writer, publisher and retired international salesman
John Lynch spent 40+ years as an international salesman, living and working on every continent except Antarctica. He knows Lagos, Jeddah and Johannesburg as well as the Shropshire countryside where he lives since his retirement. In this second career he writes contemporary fiction in his own name and as R J Lynch he writes the James Blakiston Series of historical crime/romance novels set in northeast England in the 1760s. He is also a ghost writer for two very well-known names – but don’t ask him who they are because he isn’t allowed to tell you. And in 2014 he founded Mandrill Press with friend and fellow writer Suzie Hopkins who writes as SF Hopkins. Mandrill Press currently publishes the work of six authors, including John and Suzie.
Good clarity, but looks a reading lecture. Should be done more smartly... otherwise, good info.
It was low and I couldn't hear it very well so I turned on the closed captioning and that was atrocious BUT from what I heard/figured out, it was a decent class. It wasn't quite what I was expecting/hoping for, but it was a good free class and I'd recommend it.
Good mix of theory and practical tips!
I love how John Lynch manages to explain this subject in a professional and sometimes witty way. I was half expecting that there would be some sort of prudish overview (which I was ready to ignore and only take away the useful bits) but there was no such thing and I even enjoyed these lessons.
His use of examples and exercises was quite helpful.
He has a great way of coming across, and the examples he provides are wonderful.