Once upon a time, there was a beautiful young woman being forced to endure the slow ache of time in the company of her arranged betrothed. After hours of being held captive, her alarm turned to indignation and her sharp tongue pierced his perceptible armor the held onto his shiftless composure. Prodded beyond endurance, he tossed the disrespectful future bride over his knee and paddled her with the smooth side of a hair brush, hurting her pride more than her bottom.
Sex is an essential part of the human experience. Without it, we would not get to experience art, music, poetry, literature, and film. This is why it’s so surprising to find that erotica, one most essential expressions of sex, is not taken seriously as an art form. In fact, finding intelligent, well-written erotica is rare, and is often times, chocked full of cliched scenarios, predictable characters, and undeveloped plots. But when it’s good—it’s so good.
So, in the interest of inspiring you to surprise and delight the reader with your erotic fiction, we have officially set out some creative ways to develop your skills as a cunning linguist.
To quote the venerable Aretha Franklin (“All I’m askin’ (ooh) Is for a little respect”) both writers and readers ought take that into consideration when approaching erotic fiction. Writing a sex scene can be tough because it’s not necessarily about the words, but rather, the context. So it’s important to bring the same attention and regard to it as you would to anything else you’d write—let’s say a letter to a long-lost lover. Assume the reader wants and is capable of appreciating something beyond a jerk-off vehicle. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with getting off, but in order to truly affect people, you have to reach them between the ears as much as between the legs.
Keeping it Real
Not all of us are porn stars. Nor do we say scripted things during sex like, “Oh baby, you’re throbbing rod is so big. Give it to me!” To have an arousing affect with your reader, try capturing the authenticity of the moment. We say all kinds of funny and weird things while doing the dirty such as, “I have a charlie horse in my calf” and “Ooops. I didn’t mean to fart” and “I need to stop and catch my breath.” Descriptions like hot pussy, huge ramrod, and other euphemisms for body parts can wind up falling flat after the 50th time you have heard them. By keeping the story realistic, your reader will be able to appreciate, that they too, can live vicariously through your well chosen words.
Where’s the Beef!
Foreplay is an essential part of having great sex. So why would you want to leave it out of your erotic novel? Add colorful dimension to your story by describing what creates the desire or what makes someone so passionate. It’s a whole lot sexier than the actual mechanical, humping part. Don’t take the traditional porno route by cutting from the flirty dialogue straight the gag-defying blowjob. Give your reader a tease, and prime them for the action.
The cool thing about sex aside from it being, uh, sex is that it engages all of our human senses. When formulating your erotic novel, don’t ignore the subtle cues. Give your reader the scents, the tastes, and the sounds of the act. Offer them a description of a curvy hip, a scent of leather, the taste of sweat, the sound of rain tapping on the roof, the texture of hay in a secluded barn. By adding details, you will be able to enhance the readers experience by placing them directly in the fantasy.
Embrace Your Inner Perv
Famous author Anne Rice used a pen name (A. N. Roquelaure) while writing her erotic novels. Embracing your alter ego will allow you to move past some of your inhibitions. Developing a persona allows your inner sexual dynamo to come through and speak directly to the reader. Plus, if you can bring yourself to write what genuinely excites you, no matter how strange or mortifying, readers are usually affected in turn. Although you may be able to fake and orgasm, you can’t fake this. And you absolutely can’t play it safe. You have to be fearless and shameless! Taking on a persona can help with the fear that your coworkers may discover what you’ve been writing.
Sex is sticky. There is no way around this. If you want to represent the truth of the acts, pay homage to the resultant wetnesses. And we’re not suggesting just semen or vaginal fluid. We’re also talking sweat and saliva, which can be the perfume of lovers, as well as whatever you choose as a lubricant. The fluidity can be incorporated into your story which also helps to stimulated the senses.
Realistically women do not orgasm with the flip of a switch. So please, don’t try to sell the reader on the notion that a guy can easily enter a woman, thrust out a few pumps, and bring her to pleasure town. No sale! In fact, steer clear of announcing orgasms all together. Rarely, do men or women announce their orgasms during real sex. They just have them. Allow your character’s bodies to be enveloped by all of the sensations and tossed about in various ways. Instead of announcing the climax, perhaps describe the tangling of the sheets.
Ready, Set, Go!
If you don’t feel comfortable writing about sex, then don’t. By this, we mean writing about sex as it actually exists, in the real world, as an ecstatic, sometimes terrifying, and, above all, deeply emotional process. Real sex is a compelling read because the people doing it are completely vulnerable. We are all feel when it’s time to get naked and it’s terribly excited and frightened, hopeful, doubtful, full of expectations and usually all of them combined at the same time. So, you mustn’t abandon your lovers in their time of need. You mustn’t make of them naked playthings with rubbery and smoochy body parts. You must love them, coax them, and care for them, wholly and until the end. Because we’ve already got a name for sex without the emotional quotient; it’s called pornography.1