J to tha M: What We’re Writing

J Writes Erotica?!

tips for writing erotica

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J:  I had this big epiphany for a new book, but I’m not entirely sure how to make it work.

A reluctant hit woman.

M: It’s hard to make those sympathetic. Or would it be satire?

J: I’m not smart enough for satire

it would just be silly chick lit

and of course, she falls in love with the mark

which means he has to be sympathetic

but the real question is…

should I adopt a pen name and make this series erotica?

M:  Well…here’s the thing. You have to write sex pretty well to do that – to write a sexy, intriguing, hot erotic novel or novella. A *good* sexy, intriguing, hot erotic

J:  I could probably do that

maybe

and with you around to whip me into shape…

M:  I’d consider maybe amping up your sex scenes first

I mean, I’m not 100% sure about writing straight out erotica myself

I would need to be sure I at least thought I could give it a fair shot

J:  you mean I should write at least one before I dub myself an erotica author?

M:  I’m still working my skills, thought process, and writing to that point

by all means, give it a shot if it’s in your head and that’s where your characters want to take you

but…

good, not eye-rolly, squicky, or throw-the-book-across-the-room erotica takes a certain mindset and experience writing sex scenes, I think

J:  you’ve got a point. I’m still working on writing good, not eye-rolly, squicky, or throw the book across the room regular scenes

M:  yeah. You have to be comfortable writing those first, I’d say

but who knows – maybe you’ve got a hidden erotica alter ego. Jen Bare-y. Haha.

on the other hand…

J:  which other hand?

there are lots of them.

M:  erotic sex scenes are hard to write. good ones, that is

I seem to remember a story you wrote a chapter of under an alter ego for fun

wasn’t that a foray into more erotic territory?

J:  Oh, I didn’t shy away from writing sex in the past

that was before I realized I sucked at it

M:  Um. You can’t suck at writing sex in erotica

J:  Oh, for a moment, I thought you meant that I can’t suck. As in, I’m incapable of sucking

then I realized what you meant

you weren’t exactly saying I don’t suck, which is fair enough

i’m giggling

and getting funny looks

M:  well, you don’t suck

J:  why, thank you

you keep me in line

M: Howevah, sex scenes are not your strong point. And I think it only makes sense a writer needs to be able to write really strong sex scenes for good erotica, yes?

so I would just put that out there to consider before diving into a full erotic novel

M:  but write the story and characters and see where they take you. That’s the most important thing

J:  fair enough

you do know I’m not actually going to write erotica, right?

I leave all the sex-writing to you

and if you’re not there to do it, I write YA

*nods*

But it is sexy when you lecture me.

M:  yeah. I’m like “Jen? Erotica? Um…How do I put this? I need a drink. A big drink.”

hahaha

Oooh, and I have chocolate vodka

brb

J: …wait. What are you trying to say?

J: Hello?

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About Jen Barry

Author of Young Adult novels. Reside in Nashville with my husband, a gorgeous Irishman. Drink too much coffee. Online way too much.

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