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To Any Erotica Writers...

:iconfondofmusic:
fondofmusic Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
So it seems to me that erotica stories are becoming more and more popular. I'm pretty sure that's the case. One of my main aspirations is to write for a living, so I'd recently been trying to figure out what's popular and who's reading what.My conclusion - I think the genre that gets most vast audience right now is erotica.
Problem: Even though it seems like a very interesting genre to write, and I'd love to try it, I just can't seem to start. I really didn't know why until I had an epiphany today - erotica writers base their writing off of past experiences *wink wink*.
And me...I don't have any great past experiences to reflect back on.
So if any erotica writers out there could tell me, I'm curious to know, how do you think of your topics?
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IsobellaBlye Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
As an author of erotica I love hearing that the genre is this 'hottest' at the moment (excuse the weak pun!
As a starting point why don't you write about what turns you on? Everyone has a favourite fantasy that they drag out when needed. What scene do you call to mind? Write it! There are many helpful sites now too specifically regarding writing erotica. Just google 'erotica writing tips,' or something like that and you'll find lots of inspiration.
Oh and one thinbg - though it's stating the obvious - erotica stories should ALWAYS have a happy ending!
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Neiot Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think of my topics by pondering over...

• What do I like?
• Where and what time would this take place?
• What characters do I use?
• What would this character do, and what would this character do to this character?
• How would this go about? What position, what expressions, what dialogue...?
• How do I finish it? In a hail of fireworks(like any lazy writer would do) or a romantic cuddle after the big climax?
• I think it over and change anything that discomforts my tastes. Then I begin writing.
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Aret Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
People don't base it off experiences they've had, they base it off experiences they want. It helps to build on things you've done personally, but if you've got a decent imagination and are willing to read lots of existing erotica, it's pretty easy to get by without ever doing anything yourself.
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angelicChoas Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
I think very few people awesome erotic experiences. When I want to write something that will make your audience squirm in their seat with desire and such. I suggest start writing rather than thinking on it too much.Forget your writing let your imagination take over the writing. Sexual tension is also a good thing to have within a story but you shouldn't have it come to soon. Of every story the author need to be an expert of tying because if you have the climax of the story come to soon then it will be a longer of a decline story which will be less enjoyable then if you build on the tension and do a false climax of the story line and then the tension will build even faster then put the climax of the story towards the end it will make the readers squirm. Also when describing things like smells and taste make them more flowing teasing. I hope this helps you in your want to write erotica.
Though I do have a warning for you. As a writer you'll always write better when your passionate about what your writing because that will ensure you will do research about what you write and will have a better story rather then people that are just writing to sell a story.
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witwitch Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student Writer
You don't need to base it off of past experiences. You can just fantasize about something you've never done but have been interested in, or you could use the experiences of others when they tell you stories.
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vglory Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
I write (and have published) erotica about gay men, from a gay man's point of view and am a women, so I think I can safely say directly relevant past experience is not a prerequisite.

But if you think erotica is going to be any easy sell, you may be in for surprise. Erotica is a series of niche markets, you have to understand which niche you are in and cater to it.
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fondofmusic Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Ahh, thanks for the info
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carusmm Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Dick, dick, dick. What's to tell?
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Lytrigian Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Show, don't tell.
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Ms-JuneSummers Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student Writer
I know many people believe you shouldn't write about things you haven't experienced yourself, but if you read a lot and do some research you can get away with a lot of things. I think the most important thing is to keep the emotions real, not so much the sex. The sex is the fantasy part, but if the emotions aren't real, readers will have a hard time sympathizing/identifying with your characters.

As for topics, mine are based on past heartbreaks and frustrations. It's sort of therapeutic for me to give my characters a happy ending, and that's what keeps me going. :)
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FerricPlushy Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I assure you erotic writing is not always from experience. If you want to right thrillers you need to understand what's thrilling, if you want to write horror you have to understand what's scary, and if you want to write erotica have to understand what turns people on.
I think the most important thing is that you must thoroughly enjoy sex and or porn. If you don't just absolutely love sexual contact, images, and writing then you'll never be a strong erotic writer.
Another thing, I feel a much needed underlying aspect is a strong story. Erotic literature can be pushed into upper echelons with a strong story and lovable characters. To put it simply, a story is like a sandwich. A good story is a good story, a good sandwich is a good sandwich, they stand alone, they are complete. Adding eroticism to a good story is like putting bacon on a good sandwich, while neither is necessary, they just make both things awesome.
You might try sex chatrooms to get an understanding of what arouses people. Most importantly you must expose yourself to large amounts of erotica in every form, immerse yourself in the genre if you want to be a strong erotic writer. Shoot me a note if you have any questions -_^
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thelittleone Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Can bacon as the 'best addition' to anything be used incorrectly in any metaphor? I think not!

Seriously, bacon is awesome. :D

(In case internet decorum misrepresented me, I am serious. Bacon is totally awesome. :iconbaconplz: )
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fondofmusic Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Makes more sense...I'm not a terribly sexual person so this would be a challenge for me :dead:
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Lytrigian Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Not being terribly sexual probably poses more of an obstacle than having no experience. How interesting do you personally find erotica to be?
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fondofmusic Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Not as much as normal literature but I do enjoy reading it sometimes
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FerricPlushy Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Well I am an extremely sexual person and when I'm at the point I feel my art is strong enough to be shared I will hopefully put out manga with strong sexual content on top of a great story. But yeah I've explored virtually every inch of my sexuality and have become a very sexual person.
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thelittleone Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, and for a more direct answer to your question: Fantasy. Honestly, in erotica there's always some dirty gimmick that you play off of. That's why Shades of Grey is so popular, sex slave is an example of a sexual fantasy and gimmick. There's a million of these, ranging from playful to outright weird.

It feels like an odd suggestion, but if you want to write erotica, watch some porn. :shrug:
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fondofmusic Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
I've gotten that suggestion several times actually. It's a pretty good suggestion, it's just that porn makes me squeamish. Yeah, I don't know why.
Thanks for the input. :)
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thelittleone Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It's not uncommon to be squeamish about it. I mean, I watch it...but it seems so damn silly half the time. :XD:

One more suggestion, erotica obviously has to involve more than just sex, ya know, plot and stuff. Look into the romance or angsty genres for help too!
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thelittleone Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Just a note, erotica isn't suddenly 'popular'. Sex always sells (Harlequin Novels anyone?). One book in particular has gained acclaim, and it really doesn't deserve it. It's poorly written and is based on shock value alone. Based on this, I believe it's open popularity will be short lived and erotica will go back to being much quieter and frequented by its usual demographic of middle aged housewives and young inexperienced women. I'm not saying you shouldn't go for it, like I said, sex always sells. But if you want to be taken seriously as writer, then write in a serious genre and pepper that with some erotic moments, rather than focusing on it entirely.
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Student Interface Designer
I'm not an erotica writer. I'm not a fiction writer to begin with - but my guess would be to start with a fantasy :P isn't most fiction more based on fantasy than past experiences anyway?
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fondofmusic Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
I would say half and half but that's a way to put things.
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SonAmyFan362 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional Writer
I'm not really an erotica writer. However, in some of my stories, there has been a bit of erotic moments.

At any rate, how I think of my topics, well, I just let myself get sucked into how I'd react to various erotic scenarios, and I judge which is best for the flow of the story.

I don't have much expertise in erotica. However, it is a field I might want to look into, someday.
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