So yeah… the epic 2000+ words sex scene. Bit of a marathon, that. Certainly in terms of the writing. When you get to read it, you’ll hopefully notice that I tried to keep it interesting by swapping viewpoint and going into first person via the two protagonists’ thoughts.
This writing erotica isn’t the easiest thing to do. I’m learning a lot from reading some of the amateur stuff that’s out there on Literotica.com and also stuff I’ve picked up from Amazon’s Kindle store by the likes of Narcissa Rivers, SL Hadley and Emma Tilton.
The thing about reading other people’s stuff is that you learn what works for you and what doesn’t. You can then use that to inform how you write. They can also show you how NOT to write. One of the above authors definitely has moments of that. Usually where their use of words lets them down, making things a little… twee. For one of the worst examples of twee-ness, I can excuse it by referencing the POV character. It’s how they probably would have put something, but when that carries across… Nah. Then again, the author in question does keep their stuff readable and manages to create situations where the readers do want to know what happens next.
I know I’ve probably absorbed some of the style of all three of those writers mentioned above as well as the likes of Warren Ellis, Mike Carey, Douglas Adams, Michael Moorcock, Terry Pratchett and everyone else whose work I’ve ever read.
The porn-y bits, though, are largely from my own experience and imagination. They always say to write from experience, and since I’ve actually had sex, I can draw on that. OK, it’s never been as kinky as some of the stuff I’ve written, but that’s where imagination is used to extrapolate from experience. Some authors who shall remain nameless, but have multi-million dollar adaptations made of their modified Twi-shite slash fic don’t seem to have had that experience and rely on a not particularly active imagination…
One thing that’s worth mentioning is that when you’re writing this sort of thing, watching porn definitely helps. It’s more to do with camera angles and making the scene hold together more than what happens in the scene. There’s a certain narrative flow that the readers have come to expect. Usually because that’s how actual sex tends to go, and porn is a fantastical version of what tends to go on, rather than being an accurate depiction. After all, since when has real sex ever gone on for 20-odd minutes once arousal has been achieved on both sides?
So that’s something of a rambling glimpse into how I write erotica (or porn – although since I’m actually using imagination and depicting it with a medium of some kind, it can legitimately be called art). Why not have a go?
If you’re wondering why there’s a photo of Monique Alexander on this post… I’m a real sucker for a girl with purple hair. Or any sort of non-natural colour (we’re talking shades of blue, red and purple). Tattoos are definitely a bonus and are part of my personal turn-ons list, but only if well done.