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.