How to Write Erotic Fiction – Getting Into Your Characters’ Heads

Erotic stories can be difficult to write well. They require a lot of creativity and experimentation to find just the right tone.

For example, adjectives and euphemisms have to be used sparingly in order to avoid them sounding cliché or silly. They also need to be in keeping with the time, place and culture of your story.

1. Get into your characters’ minds

If you want to write erotic fiction, you need more than just gumption. You need to get into your characters’ minds. The more you know about your characters, the more you can make them realistic and relatable. Getting into your character’s heads can also help you write more sensual scenes that are less forced.

It is important to get familiar with the erotic genre you are writing in by reading a wide variety of it. This will help you learn how to create a basic plot and get a feel for reader expectations. It will also help you narrow down a specific subgenre so that you can focus on what excites you most about it (e.g., erotic fairy tales, erotic retellings of popular myths, space erotica).

It’s also important to practice your craft by completing a few short stories before trying to write an entire novel. This will give you the confidence to publish your work and get feedback from other writers and readers. It will also help you figure out how to format your book into a sellable ebook and design a cover that will stand out in the market. Lastly, don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Many of the best erotic authors have made many mistakes on their way to success. In fact, that’s part of what makes them so good.

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2. Make sure your sex scenes are sizzling

There’s no denying that good erotica can be extremely arousing. However, it’s important that writers know what they are doing and avoid cliches. For example, a scene in which someone is blindfolded and hot wax dripped on their bare torso may be erotic, but it’s also incredibly boring. It’s the imagination of the reader that makes the sex scenes in erotica so powerful.

Try to create scenes that are unexpected and unique. Even something as simple as a prehensile lobe protruding from the nape of your heroine’s neck or an extra sinus cavity concealed coquettishly in her armpit can give readers a thrill.

Also, make sure your sex scenes are consensual and never glamorize rape or any other act that is considered illegal or morally wrong. Lastly, it’s important to keep in mind that most erotica readers are women so try to write with them in mind.

Finally, when you write a sex scene it’s important that it pushes the plot and characters forward. If the sex in your story isn’t advancing the story then it’s time to revise it. There are a lot of authors who are making six figures or more a year writing and selling erotic fiction online. This isn’t an easy genre to master but with the right tools and a clear understanding of what you want to accomplish you can be on your way to writing sexy stories that sell!

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3. Don’t add sex for the sake of it

If you’re just writing erotica to make money it’s easy to fall into the trap of adding sex scenes just for the sake of it. However, a good erotic story is more than just pornography and you have to treat it as seriously as any other genre.

You need to have a real plot, exciting characters and an emotional hook that draws the reader in. If you just add sex for the sake of it you’ll bore your readers and they won’t come back for more.

In addition, you should always try to write from one point of view in your sex scenes (unless your story is in third-person omniscient). This will help you build up and develop your characters and makes the scene more captivating and realistic. It will also make it easier for the reader to imagine themselves in the scene.

Remember that your sex scenes should have a purpose. They need to be part of your plot and they need to arouse your readers. You need to have a build up, lots of teasing and pull and push suspenses. And you need to have a big climax! If you can do all of that then your sex scenes will be sizzling. And don’t forget that your characters need to grow throughout the story as well. The sex they have at the beginning of your story won’t feel the same as the sex they have at the end of your book.

4. Make sure your sex scenes have a purpose

Just like any other element in your story, a sex scene should have a purpose. It should help further your plot and create a sense of tension or intimacy between your characters. It should also be interesting and titillating to your reader. There are plenty of ways you can do this. You can add lots of colorful description, use erotic body parts (or even sex scenes), or just write about the emotional impact of your character’s sexual desires on their actions and decisions.

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If you’re not sure where to start, try reading some erotica written by other authors. You can also join erotica writers’ groups online — on Reddit, Facebook, etc. — to get to know fellow authors and to learn what readers want from this genre. And finally, don’t forget that erotica is a genre with very specific rules about what it should — and shouldn’t — contain. Don’t glamorize rape, don’t use degrading euphemisms for sex or private parts, and never create disturbing visuals in your readers’ minds.

With these tips in mind, you’re ready to take your writing skills to the next level and start crafting an erotic story of your own! But before you do, it’s important to practice. Start small, by writing erotic short stories or novellas for yourself to keep. Or, better yet, publish them on Tumblr, Wattpad, or elsewhere online to get feedback from other erotica fans and writers.

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