Writing erotica is unlike any other writing genre. While writers may try their hand at romance, science-fiction, or fantasy and find an audience for their work, writers really have to know what they’re doing to pull off a good erotica story.
While respected mainstream authors shy away from these types of stories, plenty of boys can’t wait to describe their wildest fantasies.
One such boy is Gary (not his real name). He announced on a popular social media site that he specializes in erotica. Really? Gary is not the most talented writer to begin with, so I wondered about his erotica work.
I hopped over to another website, looked up his name, clicked on his book, and read the preview. Five sentences into the story I was already shaking my head and I remembered my author friend’s words … ‘When done correctly writing erotica can be nice and exciting but you really have to know what you’re doing. If not, the whole story becomes laughable.’
I read the excerpt of the book to a few friends and they dissolved in peals of laughter. The whole thing was so absurd. Not just the erotica part but the whole writing style.
Curious we looked up the writer of this story and he was just what we expected … a boy, barely out of high school, overweight, spotty skin, greasy unkempt hair. In other words, a boy who finds it hard to find a girlfriend/boyfriend and as such gives way to his fantasies in stories.
When I remarked that he would do well to take a creative writing and erotica writing course, and quoted Alexander Pope who said ‘Fools rush in where angels fear to tread’, my comment was promptly deleted by the admin of the group. So much for freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Apparently Alexander Pope can make such a statement, but I cannot.
In the name of research, I looked at a few other books and noticed from the previews a distinct difference between male and female erotica writers. Female writers write with elegance and subtlety, concentrating on the forbidden, the mysterious, and the dangerous, while the male writers were much more aggressive and domineering.
While some writers, young and old, write for the sake of expressing themselves but their work never sees the light of day, others publish for all to see. Not that many do see them. These self-published works are soon swallowed up by the masses and disappear into oblivion.
My advice to anyone who wants to write erotica read at least ten books on the subject. Not self-published books, but books published by traditional publishers. Don’t just read them, study them and make notes.
If you think you have a story, before you even write or type one word remember the phrase … Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.