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Writing Richer Characters By Writing Kink

In the second installment of her column, Megan Pillow examines a short story by Carmen Maria Machado to demonstrate how some of the best examples of contemporary writing craft can be found in writing about sex.

This is the second installment of Megan Pillow’s column FUCK ME UP: The Craft of Sex Writing in Critique and Practice, which explores the craft of sex writing through original creative nonfiction and analyses of sex writing by contemporary authors. You can find the first installment here.

You’ll get here when you get hereBut you damn well better get here

Yes, Mistress

The door’s unlockedWait for me in the living room.

Tanya the Lotus EaterPriestess of the WhipBettie the Bondage Queen

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GrantaKink: StoriesLe Théâtre du Grand-Guignol

Page 264 of Carmen Maria Machado's s"The Lost Performance of the High Priestess of the Temple of Horror" from Kink: Stories 
Kink: Stories

Cujo Their Eyes Were Watching God

On Your Own:

Megan Pillow is a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop in fiction and holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Kentucky. She is co-editor of The Audacity, a new newsletter by Roxane Gay, and founder of Submerged: An Archive of Caregivers Underwater. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in, among other places, in Electric Literature, The Believer, TriQuarterly, Guernica, and Gay Magazine and has been featured in Longreads. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky with her two children."