What Makes Good Erotic Fiction?
Posted Sat Oct 04, 2014 04:28 AM
Why am I asking this question? Well, some of you may have read my thread "Exploring My Erotic Side" detailing my adventures with Cronos and a surprising number of people who have enjoyed it have suggested I try my hand at writing erotic fiction.
Apparently every person has a potential book within them and my English literature teacher certainly thought I did, however I highly doubt that this is what he had in mind lol. But as an extension of exploring my erotic nature, I'm intrigued by the notion of giving this a whirl.
So what I would like to know is, when you have read something that has left you feeling aroused, what was it about it that made you feel that way? I'd love to take on board your thoughts before starting to write.
Posted Sat Oct 04, 2014 07:09 AM
So, I think the main element may be, whatever takes you to the edge of your comfort zone.
I have written a few things - not that well. But they are reasonably varied. I dont enjoy reading them and get little from my own stuff. But the ones that did give me most pleasure were those that were particularly risqué. Spontaneously meeting someone online, for instance, for a very, anonymous session in the outdoors.
So, I think that is my clumsy tuppence worth.
Posted Sat Oct 04, 2014 12:30 PM
I try to paint a living picture as I write, so the reader can easily see what's happening, and even place themselves as one of the actors in the play, and feel the pleasures, hear the sounds, see the images, as the erotic encounter takes place.
I avoid using the same word repeatedly, i.e., "cock;" instead, so the reader doesn't get bored of seeing the same thing over and over, it's cock, dick, shaft, member, penis, prick, etc. The same goes for adjectives, adverbs, gerunds, and verbs.
As for any good writing, always pay attention to tense, subject-verb agreement, and in what person you write - first person, first person omniscient, third person, third person omniscient. I usually write in first person, since I often write about encounters I was a part of, or about encounters I imagine being a part of. Yes, I know I just ended those two phrases with a preposition, but sometimes writing in a formal, grammatically-correct style can get in the way of a good story: "I often write about encounters of which I was a part." Instead, make it conversational; make it easy to read, so the reader can be swept into the story.
And yes, EW, you write very well! You should give it a go!
Posted Sun Oct 05, 2014 11:29 AM
I think you're right about the 50 Shades phenomenon; I was never a particularly a big fan of the books but suddenly I found the most unexpected of friends talking about sex and forbidden desires... There were some parts that I enjoyed however (Cronos, I'll send them to you for reference ) and those were the most risqué parts admittedly.
Posted Sun Oct 05, 2014 11:37 AM
And thank you for the compliment; it's appreciated since you are so good at sweeping the reader into your erotic world x
Posted Sun Oct 05, 2014 04:09 PM
Posted Mon Oct 06, 2014 04:59 AM
So here's another question for anyone reading this....
What makes for a hot male lover? A lot of erotic novels I have read recently seems to have a supremely rich successful male as the main character. For me, that actually acts as a barrier of sorts as I simply can't put myself in to a situation where I would be flying in a helicopter to a date! The shorter pieces seem to have more average guys in and I find it easier to imagine myself in that situation, making me more likely to become aroused. But equally I can see why the authors go for the rich men as it is pure fantasy after all for most of the population.
Posted Wed Oct 08, 2014 08:33 AM
Posted Wed Oct 08, 2014 09:22 AM
Now you've got me wondering if my stories are generic. That is a good point. One of the main reasons I don't read romance novels is that all the sex scenes are exactly the same. I'd hate to think I write like that!
Definitely a good point, and one I personally will bear in mind next time I sit down to write a new story.
Posted Wed Oct 08, 2014 03:55 PM
It would be interesting to get other people's opinions on this point - do readers want the utter fantasy sexcapade of perfect bodies and sex or do they want a more realistic situation?
Perhaps we should challenge ourselves to write a short piece of realistic style erotic fiction and ask the good people of SF to tell us what they think...
Posted Wed Oct 08, 2014 04:19 PM
Posted Thu Oct 09, 2014 03:55 AM
Terminology is an interesting point, alot of stories refer to "his member" or "her sex", even the use of terms like vagina i find odd as it seems too clinical to be real and, for me, this kills it.
Its not how i talk during sex or even think about sex, its just not realistic, Ive never heard anyone or been with anyone that said "put your member in my vagina" its just comical
Oh and thanks EW for busting me on the bloody lip situation lol
Posted Thu Oct 09, 2014 06:07 AM
Posted Thu Oct 09, 2014 06:29 AM
As for writing styles, language... keep dialogue realistic, stuff you say/want to say, stuff sexual partners of yours say/what you want them to say etc. I find descriptive writing the hardest, usually because I end up repeating myself pretty quickly... I mean how many different terms for "hard cock" are there? Without sounding cliche. The "Friends" episode where Rachael tries her hand at writing Erotic fiction always comes to mind as things to avoid "heaving breasts" or "released from its Denim prison" but that's just me lol
I'm currently trying to write a Master/Slave type story and finding it particularly hard as it's not something I've experienced before, but it is something I've fantasized about... so I'm really letting my imagination run wild lol
Posted Thu Oct 09, 2014 04:19 PM
I have some experience in the master/slave scenario so if you want any inspiration or to bounce ideas around, give me a shout
Going back to Cronos' post - When I tease him with dirty talk I think I only use cock but perhaps I can be forgiven in the heat of the moment for using a limited vocabulary lol
So aside from the usual suspects, like hard cock, throbbing shaft etc, what other names are there to give a penis without it sounding too clinical or losing the eroticism of the piece?
Posted Thu Oct 09, 2014 08:27 PM
Where a man might say, "Suck my cock," there is an atmosphere of eroticism, of sexual adventure between equals.
But if he says, "Suck my dick," there seems an assumption that he is the dominant one, demanding oral satisfaction from his submissive charge. There's a slutty earthiness to it.
And I love it when my boyfriend says, "Suck my dick."
Posted Thu Oct 09, 2014 09:04 PM
It sounds a lot better in a sentence... or not.
This post has been edited by Q: Thu Oct 09, 2014 09:13 PM
Posted Sat Nov 01, 2014 01:07 PM
My question is, how important are the characters and the situation when you read an erotic story? It also goes back to the idea I expressed earlier about the sex not necessarily being perfect.
My stories tend to start out real. For instance, one I wrote last week concerns a female co-worker who's not shy about the fact that she's a swinger who likes to go to a local sex club. In the story, one Friday night she says, "Hey, want to go to the club with me tongiht? Just for kicks?"
In my fantasies, I agree. We go there, I drop trou. My co-worker swoons at the sight of my perfect body and massive cock. After she's satisfied in a way she's never been satisfied before, she introduces me to her friends, and I please them in even better ways. I'm soon voted a free membership for life and my phone's directory runs out of space.
In my story, a fat guy with a small dick and an average looking woman go to sex club filled with people of all shapes and sizes. There's plenty of sex, some of it better than others, and a certain, but shallow, emotional complexity as the fat guy and the co-worker find out each other is different than they expected.
The odd part is, I've always preferred reading more straightforward stuff, like the old Penthouse Forum. You know, "I was at a party and I saw the most beautiful woman in the world. She wasn't wearing a bra and the minute she looked at me, her nipples got hard, and I knew she was incredibly horny. The front of my pants were already drenched my pre-come when I smiled at her. Needless to say, ten minutes later were back at my place tearing each other's clothes off..."
I'm not sure what I'm getting at, but anybody has a thought, I'd like to hear it.
Posted Mon Nov 03, 2014 12:08 AM
This post has been edited by shytownderek: Mon Nov 03, 2014 12:11 AM