Erotica (writing and publishing)

‘Good’ writing VS. ‘Right’ writing: what you can learn from ‘bad’ books that sell a lot

When I started writing erotica professionally —as in, to try and make some money—, I started off like most people: optimistic and overly excited, yes, but ultimately rather clueless.

And, like most people, my writing was prone to silly mistakes that ended up costing me quite a few readers.

Is there a problem with that? Actually, not at all, because we all end up learning one of the first —if not the first— and most basic lessons any writer eventually learns: READ MORE

4 thoughts on “‘Good’ writing VS. ‘Right’ writing: what you can learn from ‘bad’ books that sell a lot”

  1. It is a hard balance to attain in erotica, poor vs characterization vs erotic content. Ultimately yes, it’s ‘one-handed ‘ literature. Thought about this a lot and ultimately find it hard to write simply for the market though; there has to be satisfaction with the process and quality of output.

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    1. You’re totally right, Libre!

      I personally like that erotica is so much “simpler” (or, as you’d put it, “one-handed”) than more, let’s say, “traditionally respected” literature.

      I mean, it’s so much more freeing to right about sexy people doing sexy scenes than, I don’t know, sad and depressing and boring and contemplative philosophical topics, or whatever academics seem like these days.

      I mean, I’m having the TIME OF MY LIFE writing my current erotica. So much so that my sex life is actually being DAMAGED for it.

      You know, I’m imagining scenes SO HOT that real life sex is becoming… anticlimatic! 😀 😀 😀

      there has to be satisfaction with the process and quality of output.

      Again, spot on. Many people like coming to the industry with this mentality that “it’s an industry first, passion second; if you don’t write what the client wants, regardless of whether your like or not, you shouldn’t do it.”

      I mean, I get what they’re saying, but to me, when it comes to writing (any writing), it’s either you like it or you dont; if you DON’T like it, then don’t do it.

      It’s not supposed to be a job you drudge on, but a hobby you naturally (and happily) develop into a job.

      If you’re not happy writing, then you should simply find another, more fulfilling job.

      You can only make money on this industry if you REALLY apply yourself to it for a long time –which can be a TOTAL NIGHTMARE if one doesn’t like the job to begin with. 😀

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  2. Agreed. If you’re writing erotica because you think it’s a cash cow, think again. And if you don’t enjoy reading it or are embarrassed, it’s the wrong genre for you. I am genuinely unembarrassed, don’t have that valve. One of the guidelines is: is this turning me on as I write it? Hey, some writers have coffee breaks…

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  3. One of the guidelines is: is this turning me on as I write it?

    Hahaha! That’s totally my guideline too!

    Well, I think this is the only tru compass for people writing erotica, right? “You getting wet / hard with it?”

    If the answer is positive… keep going on! 😉

    And if you don’t enjoy reading it or are embarrassed, it’s the wrong genre for you

    Honestly, I think this goes without saying. People who come to erotica purely because of money quit in 1 or 2 weeks tops.

    After their very first release, they’ll realize that there’s virtually no easy money here and quit.

    I sincerely don’t know why many people still think that erotica is such an “make money fast” scheme, or why they think it’s like a writing job as any other.

    Erotica is as personal as one will ever get with their writing; in the literary world, it’s the equivalent of being nude in public.

    You’ll only do this if you’re really passionate about what you write. There’s little space for other motives. 😉

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