Writing erotica: Be the next E. L. James
  
Decide on the journey
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Decide on the journey


It's all vey well to plod along, writing about characters who think about sex, talk about sex, have sex, but what you really need when you're writing erotica is a journey.

You need something to build up to as well as discovery and learning.

"Think about what obstacles your characters will have to overcome," says Anna.

Don't make them random obstacles either. For example, if your obstacle is that one character becomes jealous when they think they see their partner hugging his or her ex, the reader must know that they are a jealous person, or that the ex is a significant person.

And rather than saying 'Mary is a jealous person', give the reader little clues that they are jealous by nature, to keep the sense of mystery. If we know that the ex is one of their biggest fears or that they are a jealous person, that makes this a real rather than a random obstacle and therefore makes it more exciting for the reader. 

Next, think about the climax (not that kind of climax, naughty). "Your journey should build to a climax. The moment when everything is at stake," says Anna.

Most Mills and Boon novels tend to have a happy ending, but you don't have to go down that route, it's up to you!


Love & Sex Editor
2012/12/26
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