Posted by: Lisa Pampuch | January 17, 2010

Neon paisley

Sometimes a turn of a phrase just leaps off the page at me, as in the following phrase from Sonya Chung’s essay in The Millions, Sex, Seriously: James Salter Trumps the Great Male Novelists:

Suffice it to say that sex-organ diction, both high and low, is apparently like neon paisley; it doesn’t go with anything.

How can you not love a simile like that?

If you’re a fiction writer, read Chung’s essay for lots of good advice about writing sex scenes, much of which boils down to the time-tested creative writing dictum “don’t tell, show.” That’s somehow much more difficult to do when the topic is sex.

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