Features: Top Ten Erotic Writing Tips

B0007084 Girl at deskNew to erotic wwriting? These tips will help you hone your story to perfection.

  1. Use your experience as much as your imagination: While it’s great to escape cliched and mundane story-lines, your writing will be far more convincing if you write what you know. By all means, polish the details and add extra glamour or escapism, but make sure the technical details are accurate. If you’re writing about BDSM acts you haven’t tried, read up on safety guidelines first. If you’re writing about group sex, and it’s not from experience, keep careful track of where everyone’s limbs are. It’s all too easy to forget you’ve got a leg in the way in the heat of the moment.

  2. Let your body guide you: If you don’t feel remotely aroused reading your story, it’s unlikely anyone else will.

  3. Pay attention to detail. Help the reader experience the world you are creating by stimulating all their senses: the sensation of fabric (or rough concrete) under the skin; the scent of leather, old books or incense; the sound of passers-by, or romantic music. Set the scene – though don’t let yourself get so carried away by describing the sofa that it distracts from your story.

  4. Avoid euphemism. Forget about ‘throbbing manhoods’ and ‘moist centres’;. You don’t have to use graphic language: read Anais Nin for beautiful erotica that is far from crude. However, coy language is unlikely to be a turn-on.

  5. Make it more than just sex. That doesn’t mean the protagonists need to be in love, or even that there needs to be more than one person in your story, but sex doesn’t happen in a vacuum (outside the kinkier realms of a dungeon). What feelings are evoked? Why are your characters interacting sexually (even if only in their imaginations)? What are their fears, dreams and vulnerabilities. The reader should have at least an idea of what your characters are like outside the bedroom (or wherever).

  6. Be real: While many erotic stories feature fantasy figures, in reality people come in all shapes, sizes and identities. Don’t be afraid to represent this in your story: if anything, it will work to your favour as it will stand out from the ‘norm’.

  7. Be original: While it can be possible to subvert tired old story-lines such as ‘husband and wife meeting as strangers’ or ‘pizza delivery boy gets a saucy tip’, better to create something new. If you’re short of ideas, think about sex you have really had – or scenarios in which you wished you could have had sex – and let the story grow from there.

  8. Have fun: Don’t think you have to plan your story out in detail before writing it, though some people find that useful. However, it can be interesting to simply start writing and see where your pen takes you. You may be surprised at what lurks in your mind when you relax and let the thoughts flow.

  9. Give yourself distance. Once you’ve written your story, set it aside for a week (assuming you have enough time before the deadline) and read it back before submitting it. It can be much easier to spot errors or clunky sentences when you have a bit of time away from your writing.

  10. Spell check and grammar check your story before submitting it. Better yet, ask a grammatically-inclined friend to read over it afterwards too. Typos are a turn-off and editing makes everyone’s work more readable.

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