Monday, July 28, 2008

Writing Stroke-Fiction Erotica

Art by Luis Royo

-----Original Message-----
I would like to write erotica and some of the stuff that you only read in an adult book store while wearing a raincoat and dark sunglasses. LOL! Could you tell me how to get into that market? I see all the ePublishers out there so that's not too much of a problem. But how do you get to write for the "pushing the envelope" stuff?
-- Enthusiastic about Erotica

So you wanna write the Hard-Core stuff?

The easiest way to find an Adult Book publisher is by buying adult books and looking up the publishers’ contact information inside their covers. Look for a website, most have them, and read their Submission Guidelines! Some publishers will allow some things that others will not.

Case in point: Lush Stories does not allow any type of Non-Consensual Sex scene where most publishers will allow Forced Seduction scenes.

Note: The difference between a Forced Seduction and a Rape is that a Forced Seduction is Not a Brutal Attack with the INTENT to hurt the recipient. That's Rape. A Forced Seduction is meant to give the protesting recipient Pleasure
The best way to do this is by writing the scene entirely from the Seduced's point of view, not the Seducer's. This is to make it crystal clear --to the reader-- that the one being seduced really Does want to be seduced, but is protesting for Moral, Ethical, or Social reasons -- not out of FEAR.

Interested in knowing what types of stories are currently popular? READ the top ten favorite stories on your favorite erotic story site. Also, be sure to look at the reader’s comments. They will tell you right away what they liked -- and why.

WRITING Stroke Fiction

Okay, first you need a sex scene. No really…! Think of what kind of sex you want FIRST. The sex is what’s driving the whole story so you need to know what you’re aiming for in order to make the story go there.

To borrow from my friend Toonces:
“What do you find hot?
Write a short list.”

I did a poll on what sex scenes my readers liked and this is what I discovered…

My Readers' preferred Smut Scenes: in this order.

1. Ravished! ~ "Oh no! Don't...! Stop...! Don't...stop!" 
2. Captured! ~ "I have you now!"
3. Threesome ~ Sharing the love.
4. Romantic Fluff ~ Wine & Roses
5. Lower Education ~ Hot for Teacher.
6. Domination & Punishment & Whips & Chains ~ "You've been a bad, bad boy."
7. Bribes & Blackmail ~ "You owe me. Drop your panties!"
8. Strip Tease ~ "Oops! I'm naked!"
9. Self Gratification ~ "When I think about you, I touch myself."
10. Cosplay ~ Leather & lace & ears & tails…
11. Orgy ~ "The more the merrier!"
12. Voyeurism ~ "I spy with my little eye..."
13. Exhibitionism ~ "Here? In front of everyone...?"
14. The Professional ~ "You can have me--for a price."
15. Beautiful Stranger ~ "He saw. He conquered. He came. He went."

Write each scene IN DETAIL!

As in, every sight, every sound, every scent, every sensation. Describe the setting where the humping will happen, then focus on the characters and stay focused on the characters.

Pick ONE Point of View per scene!

This will keep your readers from getting confused over who did what and who felt what especially when it gets hot and heavy.

Take it EASY on the Emotional stuff.

The people who read 'Stroke Fiction' are not reading them for anything more than to Get Off.

Most importantly...!

Write it in Chronological Order:
1. He did this.
2. She reacted this way and did that.
3. He reacted this way and did the other…
4. Etc.

Cheat Tip for writing Sex Scenes:  

Make a list of actions First, then add all the adjectives and dialogue. If your sentences end up short and choppy, it means you didn’t add enough description, body-language, sound-effects, or internal thoughts. Don't Forget...! ONLY the POV character gets internal thoughts and opinions! If you add anyone else's, you've just committed the heinous crime of HEAD-HOPPING.

One more thing...

Write what you KNOW.

Avoid hate-mail: Do Your RESEARCH! If you write something anatomically impossible or something you’re totally ignorant about, at least one your readers will most definitely let you know, believe me!


Next, you need (at least) two characters to make your sex scene happen:
  • Lover and Beloved

For a novel-length story, you ought to have a third character that tries to interfere. Classically, these three characters are known as: Hero ~ Victim ~ Villain.

In ordinary Erotica, and Romances:
  • Lover
  • Beloved
  • Jealous Ex-Lover or Rival

In M/M stories:
  • Seducer
  • Seduced
  • Jealous Ex-Lover or Rival

In BDSM stories:
  • Dominant
  • Submissive
  • Interfering Goody-Goody

Always DESCRIBE the Characters!

Make the men manly and handsome and the women full-figured and gorgeous with glamorous occupations. Feel free to use favorite movie characters, famous actors, or musicians as models for your characters, just make sure you change their names!

Use detailed descriptions with lots of enthusiastic adjectives; hair, eyes, body type, and clothes, but for pity’s sake, don’t write measurements! (“She was five-foot-six, and a 32 double-D.”) Use comparisons as in:

  • Her breasts were two ample handfuls each.
  • He stood an arm’s length away. 
  • Her hair draped to her waist.
  • He stood a full head taller. 
Just don't go too Purple in your prose, okay?  No using stuff like, "Her eyes shown like diamonds."


Erotic Short Story:
1. They meet.
2. They hump.
3. What happened after.
The end.

Erotica Novel or Novella:
  1. Seducer meets Seduced, they hump -- and both really like it.
  2. Complications and/or Misunderstandings drive them apart.
  3. One of them Uncovers (or Reveals) a Secret, and they can't resist humping.
    1. or one of them Uncovers (or Reveals) a Secret to someone else, and they hump that someone else. (This is NOT a Romance! Exclusive partners are rarely part of Erotica stories.)
  4. Jealous Rivals meet to plot against the main pairing, and end up humping each other.
  5. Complications caused by the secret plot force the main pairing together, but  they can't hump -- even though they really, really want to.
  6. Driven by longing, the main pairing meet and hump in secret.
    1. or in front of an audience.
    2. or with the audience.
  7. The climactic moment where the Master Secret is uncovered, (“It was all a big misunderstanding!”) 
    1. or a confession is made. (“I like humping you best of all!”)
  8. Complications and rivalries are resolved.
  9. Everybody humps. 
  10. The End.

To make the story longer, just add more humping.

Things to AVOID at all cost!

  • NO Underage participants: All participants should be 18 or older -- especially virgins. I realize that this is Not Realistic, but the Law cannot be argued with. Seriously.
  • NO Bestiality: No Animals ever. Were-people and Furries don’t count, as they’re people that LOOK like animals.
  • NO Snuff: Fucking people to death is Right Out.
  • NO Watersports or Scat: Most publishers will not accept pee or poop used in a sexual context.
  • NO Gore: Blood is okay if used tastefully and in limited amounts.

Words to AVOID:
  • MEMBER: It's a dick, a prick, or a cock, and sometimes a ‘length’--NOT a 'member' and NEVER a 'Manhood.' 'Member' and 'Manhood' are words used by ancient granny romance authors and under-aged fan-fiction writers. If you're too shy to write dick, prick, or cock, you're not ready to write sex scenes.
  • PENIS: This is word that should only ever come out of a doctor's mouth.
  • VAGINA: This is another word that should only ever come out of a doctor's mouth.
  • WOMANHOOD: It's a pussy, a sex, a cunny, or a cunt, and sometimes a core or a center. 'Womanhood' is another word used by ancient granny romance authors and under-aged fan-fiction writers too embarrassed to write the proper terms.
  • APPENDAGE: Whether it's an arm, a dick, an ear, or a foot name the fucking limb, damn it!
  • LOCKS: Locks are tiny portions of hair that tend to curl. Children have locks, not grown adults. Adults can finger a single lock or a tendril, but what they have on their heads is hair, and if it's really long, a mane.

Getting into the Mood:

Before you sit down to write:
  • Do something sexually stimulating. 
    • Have sex with your significant other.
    • Watch porn.
    • Read your favorite erotica.
    • Masturbate.
  • Put on some music that suits your story while you write.
  • Close the door and shut off the phone! Interruptions will make it hard to maintain that…special mood.

Last but not Least…

Enjoy yourself! If it’s not fun for you to write, it won’t be fun for anyone to read.
Morgan Hawke

1 comment:

  1. heh damn they hump a lot.

    I love your use of that word LOL

    Thank you Morgan.