guest post by adam & eve – how to start writing erotic stories
Welcome to our first guest editorial by sex toy heavyweight Adam and Eve.
When I was in college, I decided to start a blog on all of my sexual escapades. It read like a racier version of Sex and the City. The drama was there, the inquisitiveness and of course the sex, but this sex included threesomes, facials and blow jobs in laundry rooms. Upon graduation, I had 2 and half years of hilarious and sexy stories to look back on–a chronicle of drunken moments that I wouldn’t have remembered a month afterwards mixed with major moments that I will never forget. After spending all of this time writing about how I went from drinking cheap beer to being throat deep, I learned the art of telling the story. It was different from what I had learned in all of my writing and journalism classes. The build and character development was different and it took awhile to figure that out.
With books like Fifty Shades of Grey blowing up–it was named UK’s 2012 Book of the Year for goodness sake–I figured there might be some people out there trying to pen their sexy stories as well. Check out this quick guide on how to get started with your erotic story. (It is by no means comprehensive.)
As any writer can tell you, practice makes perfect. Keep writing and keep reading. Read more how-tos and read examples of the kind of stories you want to write. You will find with time that your writing will improve and it will come easier and easier for you. If you yourself aren’t getting a lot of sex, don’t worry, you can still write stories. Just head down to Adam and Eve and get a few adult movie DVDs; you can pick up some inspiration from there.
Short stories will be your best starting point, even if you’re already a seasoned writer. Remember less is more, and in a short story, every word has to count. Don’t just jump into a novel format where you’re allowed to spew nonsense for pages without getting anywhere. Make your short story just one scene, one very descriptive, action-filled scene. Maybe your story will start in the middle of your sack session, where arms are already sweaty, the sheets are already on the floor, and your hair has fallen from a ponytail into a messy side bun. By dissecting a scene like this, you really have to focus on every breath, every movement and every word–this is what people want when they read erotica.
When writing erotica, it’s important to get into the details of the surroundings and actions. Where you don’t really want to do dwell is in the appearance. Sure we want to know that the people are attractive (they are always attractive, unless their lack of looks is key to the story). We want to know that the guy has a long, perfect cock and that the girl has bouncy tits, but we don’t necessarily want to know what they look like. By leaving out this detail, we are able to imagine ourselves as that person or at least place someone else into their character. Why do you think there’s been such a big debate over who would play Christian Grey? Because everyone had an opinion of who would make the perfect Grey since he was never truly described. He was… but he wasn’t.
Short story erotica also means less about how the main character takes their coffee and more about how their muscles ripple underneath their taut, bronzed skin. A few developing details are good, but don’t waist your time on their penchant for watching Jeopardy while eating Ramen noodles (or anything else extraneous like that).
When it comes to word selection, make sure you’re okay with what you’re saying. You don’t want to be PC or anatomical when you write erotica. Forget about the words “penis” and “vagina” and go for “cock” and “pussy.” Using words like “penis” and “vagina” aren’t sexy. They aren’t the words you’re thinking when you’re having sex, so be explicit.
Using dialogue will also be a great way to really develop your characters while getting your reader turned on. Incorporate a short conversation in which he says he can’t wait to be inside of her, have her yell something out, or have them chat between sessions. Most people aren’t silent during sex, so make the dialogue come alive.
Finally, you want to remember that real life sex isn’t perfect, so you don’t want to make all of your sex stories perfect. There is slippage, a poke at the “wrong” hole, and fumbling. Sometimes it’s sexy and sometimes it’s not. Figure out a way to incorporate some of these little nuances into your story to humanize it.
Now that you know, start writing and then write again and again. Then edit and edit again. It’s the only way to become a better writer. Good luck! As a bonus, you can now use your writing as an excuse to go out and have a little extra fun!