She writes erotica under the pseudonym Primula Bond with books published by HarperCollins, and works as a book editor for erotic and romantic novelists. In this guest post, Anastasia shares tips on writing great erotica — and how to put together those steamy sex scenes. And uh, yes: strong language lies ahead. All I will say is that you do need to respect your basic story structure. The teasing quality of a suspense-driven story Will the heroine succeed or not? That said, your story can be relatively simple — and relatively short.
As a fiction genre, writers often overlook dirty stories. The topic remains somewhat taboo, even in the modern day. Yet, there is high demand for this type of story and many writers are making a decent income in the field. Even from my own website, I can see that some of my most popular posts have to do with fetishes, sex work, and other explicit topics. There's a huge interest in this area, and if you can capture that interest, you can make money. Is the space crowded? For sure.
The work necessary to make a sex scene believable often begins before the scene takes place. One way to set up the scene is by setting up the possibility of sex. Other times, the setup is more subtle.
These stories can be anything from erotic microfiction to full-length erotica novels. And there are things you need to know about this genre before you dive in. Find your tribe and learn from them. Unlike porn, good erotica has well-developed characters the reader can relate to — and stories that hook them from the start and keep them reading. Erotica as a genre still prioritizes character development and plot above the actual sex that happens.