I’m editing a book right now. It is its own happy brand of hell — but, for all its hellishness, it’s also a process I dearly love because it’s like purification through flames. It’s a powerful ste…
Chuck Wendig on editing. A good read. NSFW for language, if you care.
Writability: How to Choose the Right Agent for YOU
So we’ve discussed why you need an agent (if you want to publish traditionally) and how not to get an agent. But now I want to talk about picking the right agent for you.
So here’s the thing about literary agents:…
Anonymous said: Could you think of any tips for writing male and female courtesans?
- Intelligence. Courtesans often mixed with high society alongside their benefactor. They must be adept at conversing with said high society. In historical times, courtesans often had a wide range of knowledge, from art to politics, so they could talk to anyone. Courtesans also need the wit to entertain others with their intelligence. Everyone likes someone who will make them laugh.
- Kindness. Courtesans stayed with their benefactors for weeks, months, or even a lifetime. As a demon once said, “I just want to be loved!” and that’s true of everyone. A good courtesan would be skilled at making their benefactor feel loved and special.
- Entertainment. In a time when there was no internet, you had to make all your entertainment yourself. Courtesans often had skills like singing and drawing. They also had to know how to dance so they could attend functions.
- Appearance. Impressions are everything. Courtesans would want to look their best all the time. They would know all the latest fashion and how to wear makeup to the best effect.
- Sex. To state the obvious. Courtesans would need to know all the sex tips they could get their hands on.
- Courtesans were often social climbers, so you can assume the courtesan or someone behind them is ambitious, intelligent, and political
- In history, courtesans could be married and their spouses almost always knew about their job
- The courtesan could have any personality at home (versus the face they put on for clients), but they’ll get farther if they are naturally witty, extroverted, and loving
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