If your characters are alive, odds are good that they will be having sex at some point -- or thinking about sex, or running from sex, or hoping for sex. This just happened to my mom character. Out of the blue, she started remembering her first sexual encounter with her husband, who is a man she has loved and a man she is not entirely sure about anymore. One minute she was vowing to keep secret the fact that she had spotted her husband on a compromising video compromising in a professional way, not a personal or sexual way and the next, she was thinking about sex.
Writers love to cite Ernest Hemingway's famous advice, "write drunk, edit sober. Of course, many people already knew the quote was apocryphal—there's no source attributing the quote to him at all. In fact, the closest quote probably first appeared in the novel Reuben, Reuben by Peter De Vries, and its misattribution to Hemingway may have been influenced by William Faulkner's drinking habits. But as we learned today, it wasn't just that Hemingway didn't speak those precise words—he actually advised sobriety in the writing process. Writer's Digest Books editor Amy Jones was hunting through our archives today and ran into a article about Hemingway, based on an interview conducted by Edward Stafford before Hemingway's death in Check out this passage:.
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Answer: Have you ever been drunk? Naturally, if you are under age I am not advising you to sacrifice sobriety for the sake of your art. No one knows if they can handle alcohol until try it, and then it's a bit late to discover you can't. However, it can be a useful bit of research if you want to write from the point of view of a drunk person.