So…why erotica?

I’ve often wondered what about writing erotica appeals to me. I mean, I don’t engage in the same sorts of activities or fetishes as the people in my writing. (Usually.)

Perhaps it’s because on the surface, writing erotica seems like it ought to be simple. Tab A, Slot B — profit. People have been having sex for so long it’s a wonder we haven’t run out of ideas for how to do it.

Because sex is such a common (though not universal) experience, I think that it’s easy for many people to find self-discovery in the act or enjoy fantasies of the act, whether it’s of the sex scenes or of the developing character and relationships that happen in the story via sex. The definition of erotica that I like best is “the exploration of the self through sex.” That same blog, the Escapades, defines porn as “the exploration of the physical body through sex,” and even though porn is porn, there’s still something worthwhile in that.

There’s also the writing challenge. How to make Tab A, Slot B new and interesting? They say all writing is rewriting — and when it comes to sex stories, that’s especially true. There is nothing new under the sun, and if it exists, chances are Rule 34 will apply.

But there is something new to be had in sex stories. Sex happens for most people, yes…But for each person, each time is a new, different experience.

I don’t have literary aspirations. But I think you can still strive to be good at writing when you’re writing porn. I happen to like writing, and I like the erotica genre for its endless variations on a very basic urge.


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