I think sometimes erotica gets a bad rap. It’s often seen as nothing more than porn without pictures or it’s something those people read. And you’re not too sure who those people are, but it’s not you. Other times, I’ve heard it said you don’t have to write good to write erotica. As long as the sex is there, that’s all anybody cares about.
But erotica is so much more. At its heart, like all romances, erotica is a love story. It’s the coming together of a couple (or more if you’re talking menage, but let’s keep it simple) as they explore their feelings, desires, and wants.
Like other romances, there are forces that try to keep them apart and obstacles to overcome before they find their happily ever after. Unlike other romances, in erotica, sex plays a big part of the story.
However, this doesn’t necessarily mean wild and crazy, swinging from the chandeliers, sex. Nor does it mean it has to involve whips and chains, floggers and nipple clamps. Though erotica can have some or all of those.
Sex is a natural part of the human experience, I think we all can agree on that. Therefore, doesn’t it make sense that if you’re telling the story of a couple, sex would be part of that story?
The thing to remember about sex scenes is that they’re not there, or least they shouldn’t be, just to be there. Sex must always have a purpose or else it doesn’t have a place in a novel. It should serve to move the plot along, whether that’s by bringing the couple together or possibly, by tearing them apart.
And sex scenes, the really good ones, shouldn’t be just about sex. In fact I would be so bold as to say, sex never be about just sex. A good scene should include so much more, and the focus should be on the emotion involved. Like all scenes in a book, at the end of sex, the character should be changed.
Looking to get into erotica, but don’t want anything too off-the-wall? Try these to start with:
Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren
Nuts by Alice Clayton
Mine by Helenkay Dimon
Bad For Me by Aubrey Dark
Tara Sue Me wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. It would be twenty years before she picked up her pen to write the second.
After completing several clean romances, she decided to try her hand at something spicier and started The Submissive. What began as a writing exercise quickly took on a life of its own. An avid reader of all types of fiction, she soon discovered she enjoyed writing a variety as well.