Let’s be honest here, writing erotica is fairly easy. You don’t have to know a lot about writing or even be very good at it. You just have to be good at sex and writing about it. People eat it up for the sex scenes. But if you want to write really good erotica, you have to bring your plot into focus.
Sure 50 Shades of Grey isn’t everyone’s favorite erotica. But you have to admit that E.L. James did something right here. They are still some of my favorite books because of the plot. While there is a lot of sex, there’s a good, strong plot that holds it all together. (MOVIE DEAL, HELLO!)
What To Plot
Honestly, whatever the hell you want to! I’ll give you some tips that I’ve found out over the last couple of years but at the end of the day it’s your story and you can put in whatever you want.
Drama, drama, drama. Everyone loves drama. Whether it’s in the form of two people arguing or actual physical fights, everyone loves to read and watch drama happen. It really draws your readers in. And if there isn’t enough drama or it’s not in the right spots it can make the story drag on. (I know because of the first book I wrote. 🙄 there was drama just in the wrong spots.)
You want to make the book exciting. Make it look like the people in your story are going to have things work out for them but then rip it away before fixing it. That will keep your readers on their toes.
You also want to make sure you get in some of the background story of your character so that your readers can see why your character behaves the way they do.
How To Plot
If you’re new to the writing game you might be asking yourself how the hell to make your erotica plot focused. It’s simple, really. You need to create a plot. (If you are a pantser, that’s okay you can just skip this part.) It might sound intimidating but if you can create a really good plot it will help with your writing. In fact, if you plot everything out (and things can be changed later on) then you won’t forget anything as you continue writing your story.
I find I do a lot better when I have a story plotted because when I don’t write for a couple days, then I can easily go right back to where I left off without having to re-read my story. (WHICH IS A BIG NO-NO TO DO BEFORE EDITING.)
You want to start with the basic idea. 5 or so sentences of the overall plot for the story. A brief description which can then be built. Don’t worry about adding too many details into this section because you’ll get to that next.
It’s also a GREAT idea to think about your word count total and how many words you want to write per chapter (2000-3000 is average for a full-length novel. 1000-2000 is good for a short story) and how many chapters you want to include. You should also make sure to include if you want a prologue or epilogue.
After that, you need to come up with your characters. That means every detail about their past and present. Their description, age, job etc. Build your characters and make them strong. They need to be relatable to your readers or at least a fantasy type character that people want to root for. Even if they aren’t a good person, you have to make your reader FEEL something for your characters so make sure to give them a good background story.
Next, you need to figure out the location, and just how many sex scenes you really want to include. Do you want 50% sex? Do you want less so that you can include more drama for your characters? How many will be dream sequences or masturbation scenes?
Now you can really begin your plotting. Start with your first chapter (or prologue if you’re doing one) and think about your opening scene. It should hook the reader right away. Whether it’s sex or some action. From there, go chapter by chapter and write descriptions of what you want to happen each chapter.
Keep in mind the setting/day/time of every chapter. It’ll help the rest of your plot flow better if you keep these things in mind.
Remember that this is all advice and if something I said hasn’t worked for you in the past, everyone writes differently. These are just some things I’ve learned over the last two years. (1.5 years of ghostwriting and plotting experience!)