Top tips for writing erotic fiction

To celebrate the release of my new erotic short story, Secrets of the East Wing, I thought I’d share some tips that I’ve learned along the way of writing erotic fiction.  Here are my top five.

  1. Don’t leave it too long before the first erotic scene takes place.  Readers of this genre are looking for the action scenes, so give them the first one as soon as possible, ideally within the first few pages.  If you leave it too long before your characters leap into bed (or wherever they choose to do it), then you risk losing your audience.
  2. Start as you mean to go on.  It’s unlikely (although not impossible) to open your story with a sex scene, but you can pave the way for what’s to come with your choice of language.  For example, if your female character is getting ready to go out, you might talk about how her hand skims her breasts as she’s dressing.  This gives the reader a flavour of what’s coming up – so to speak.
  3. Don’t forget the plot!  Although you’re writing erotic fiction, it’s important to remember it’s still a story and needs all the ingredients of any other, i.e. conflict, resolution, and the black moment, not to mention dialogue and emotion.  Even the most enthusiastic reader of erotica will start getting bored with the sex scenes if there’s no story to back it up.
  4. Pace yourself – and your characters.  Leading on from the previous point, your story needs to be a healthy balance of erotic scenes and plot/story line.  If you have too much of one and not enough of the other, it could annoy your reader.  Although erotic literature has its name for a reason, too much action between the sheets will have your reader glossing over the scenes in search of your story.
  5. Don’t hold back – go for it!  The question I’m asked most often is “Where do you get your inspiration?”  It’s always said with a cheeky smile and a wink, as if they suspect I spend my days living out the scenes in my books.  For the record, I don’t.  Having the time and energy would be a fine thing!Funny, because no-one asks crime writers if they’ve committed murder.  Like any fiction writer – it’s mainly about imagination.  If you write erotic literature, you’re laying your imagination bare for the world to see in all its glory.  No-one will ever look at you the same again, and if you have teenage children, you being a writer of the genre going to embarrass them no end.

    If this is an issue, consider a pseudonym.  I tried one, but kept forgetting my adopted name!  Then thought, to hell with it – go for it – who cares!


Secrets of the East Wing, published by The Wild Rose Press, is now available for pre-order


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