Erotic fiction is nothing new, but the e-publishing revolution and the incredible mainstream success of works like the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy have encouraged more and more aspiring writers to grab their laptops and put their dirtiest fantasies into words.
The fact is, anyone can write erotic fiction – whether it takes the form of short stories, or mammoth multi-book series. Even E.L. James, the women behind Fifty Shades, famously started out writing erotic Twilight fan fiction online, which she then adjusted into her own self-published work, which was then picked up in a squillion-dollar book deal with a major publisher.
Whether you want to write your own erotica for fun, to spice things up with a partner, or with the goal of having it published, we’ve got some tips to help you take your torrid tales to the next level.
The Basic Bones
You probably already have the seed of an idea, so ask yourself the classic who, what, where, when, how and why. Develop your story idea so you have a very basic plot line to work to. Every good story has some kind of conflict, so consider yours. What is the cause of the conflict? How will it affect your characters? What will resolve it?
Start With Some Structure
If you have an array of erotic scenes in your head, jot them all down on pieces of paper. You don’t want all of the sexy-action to occur within your first three chapters, so having some idea of where there scenes will play out throughout your story will help you sustain momentum.
Any author will tell you the key to great writing is just to write. Get it all down – let it pour out of you and onto the page, and worry about editing later. Most novels are around 55,000 words, and while this might seem insurmountable at first, every 1000 words will add up.
Ditch Clichés And Euphemisms
Instead of having his throbbing manhood pound your heroine like a jackhammer, consider some alternatives. Dispense with the stereotypical erotica-speak and surprise your reader. Just because your writing has erotic themes, doesn't mean you have to go direct to cheap titillation. There’s a trend in current erotica to use the words ‘penis’ and ‘vagina’ more than euphemisms, so try these on for size throughout your writing to see how it resonates.
Less can most definitely be more when it comes to describing the erotic action in your story, so leave something to your readers’ imaginations. The mechanics of sex are generally a little boring, so keep it simple. To make your tale multi-dimensional, consider the intrigue, emotional dynamics, tension, and conflict of the scene. Draw on all five senses to describe the curve of a hip or the scent of wet grass. This will put your reader right in amongst the action far more effectively than an in-and-out play-by-play.
Be Brave And Authentic
Think it’s hard to fake a convincing orgasm? It’s even harder to convey real eroticism if you’re not turned on by what you’re writing. If you can be brave enough to write about what genuinely excites you, your readers are far more likely to buy into the story you’re telling.
Have Fun With It!
Unless you already have a book deal and a deadline, there’s little point dedicating time to writing erotic fiction unless you can let yourself enjoy it. Having word count goals and dedicating yourself to the project is great, but remember to make it fun. You’re far more likely to get to the end if you can adore the process.
Do you have an erotic work of fiction on the go? We’d love to hear about it!