A funny story about the redo of Naughty Words for Nice Writers, romance thesaurus

In revising and updating Naughty Words for Nice Writers, A Romance Novel Thesaurus I added a dozen new chapters and 800 more synonyms, so of course the  book had to be reformatted for publication. Each “chapter” is labeled by subject.

In formatting the 2nd edition, cover designer Sweet ‘n Spicy Designs changed the chapter heading font type and size so they would stand out.

Boy howdy.

I was reviewing the new print edition and one of the first chapter headings I came across was Penis.

My first thought was, “my  God, that’s a big penis!”

Which leads to my next thought. Authors LOVED the first edition of Naughty Words for Nice Writers, but it did get one 1 star review in which the person said, “some of [the words] are too trashy and disgusting to use. Erotica is one thing, but let’s have some class!”

To which I can now respond, “Oh yeah? Well, now Naughty Words has BIG disgusting words!

(And wait until she reads the new chapter on things you find in a BDSM dungeon).

Seriously…I suspect that that reviewer does not read erotic romance, or she would not have been so shocked. There is wide breadth of synonyms in the book, from euphemisms relying on context to convey meaning to the slang terms commonly used in erotic romance. The word lists are alphabetized; I leave it up to the writer to decide which ones are nice and which ones are naughty, because it really depends on your story anyway!

Naughty Words on Amazon

Naughty Words is available in print and ebook. I highly recommend the paperback for its greater functionality. Get the paperback, and through the Matchbook program, you can get the ebook too for an additional 99 cents. It makes a great travel companion, in case you want to write while on the road.

The official blurb:

If finding the right words for your romantic sex scene is challenging, Naughty Words for Nice Writers can help. USA Today Bestselling Author Cara Bristol has written a thesaurus for romance authors to help you find the appropriate words to make your sex scene sizzle.

Naughty Words for Nice Writers is packed with more than 2,000 usable, functional synonyms geared for romance, erotic romance, and erotica. Included are more than 50 word lists for male and female anatomy, foreplay, orgasm, kissing, sex scene locations, specific sexual acts, sexual noises, spanking terminology, and much more. The guide offers suggestions on how to write a sex scene and how to tighten your writing so it sings.

With an emphasis on verbs, this guide will help you “show” the intimacy between your characters rather than tell it. Whether you’re writing a “fade to black” scene or a graphic and explicit one, Naughty Words for Nice Writers will provide the tools.

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One final thought: The previous subtitle was “A sexual and spanking thesaurus.” You’ll notice that spanking has been removed from the subtitle in the 2nd edition. Spanking is still in the book! I changed subtitle to make the book more marketable to wider romance-writing audience.

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2 Responses to A funny story about the redo of Naughty Words for Nice Writers, romance thesaurus

  1. S.J. Maylee says:

    Lol. Love it. 😀 All things really are subjective. <3 Happy Valentine's Day, Cara. Thank you for all the extra words!!

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