One sensation that can be habitual when starting to write erotic literature is that of feeling what we blush, even if we find ourselves alone. At least in the beginning.
However, it is a very challenging genre in which we can work on our way of transmitting both emotions and sensations in a very special way. You could say it’s like intensive training in this.
That’s why today we bring you a few tips to learn how to write erotic literature.
Are you ready? Don’t turn red, live it naturally. Here we go.
- Difference between eroticism and pornography (showing vulgarly and explicitly is not the same as doing it elegantly and insinuatingly).
- He reads a lot of erotic literature. And I’m not referring to Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. Well, if you want to read it, but only to know how not to write an erotic novel and how not to write in general. Some suggestions for getting started might be Lolita, Lulu’s Ages, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, or The Lover.
- Think of a coherent story. It doesn’t have to be about something sexual. Think that practically any story can develop into an erotic novel. The difference is in the focus, in getting closer to the intimacy of the characters.
- Try to bring something new. We’re fed up with sexism, rape, prude women, sleazy sadomasochism and repulsive men who flirt more than Brad Pitt. That’s a different genre. It also avoids habitual expressions such as “generous breasts”. You can use your text for more than that.
- Create seductive characters. Some qualities you could highlight in them are naturalness and decision, but remember that they are different and contrasted. Enter into their fantasies, think about what can excite them, about the complicity that one and the other can have… but don’t forget that they are still characters in a story and that they must evolve with it. Out of prejudice and out of shame.
- Choose your tone and vocabulary very well. Appeals to sensuality and makes good use of literary figures: metaphors, similes, adjectives, epithets and synaesthesia.
- He works on the insinuation and on the details. Also in contrast.
- Be sure to work gradually and prepare well everything that precedes the encounters themselves. It should be 80% of the scene.
- Take a good look at the sensations of your protagonists and give them plenty of space. Make your reader feel them. “Don’t be alone with the visual, think that you can work on sounds, images, tastes, smells and textures. Our story doesn’t just have to be seen. It must sound, smell, feel and taste.”