To be successful writing erotica you need to find the right niche & write original stories.
Generic stories about the plain jane capturing the heart of the alpha millionaire, biker, jock etc. has been done to death. They may still work for romance novels, but not erotica.
Erotica readers want specific sexual kinks and a half decent story that hasn’t been rehashed a thousands times over.
How does one continuously come up with original stories?
- Take a walk through you’re city/town: Stories are everywhere you just have to look for them. Take notice of you’re environment. Maybe the abandoned warehouse you pass on the street is meeting place for a sex cult. Maybe the couple in the cafe are debating whether they should go to the swingers party they we’re invited to. Let your imagination run wild. You’ll never people watch the same way again.
- Mix Match List: This is my personal go to when I’m having trouble coming up with a new story. I take a sheet of paper and divide it into four columns – kink/sex act, setting, character, and emotion. Underneath each column I write 10-15 words. After I feel I have enough words under each column I mix and match the words so I have a total random combination of kink/sex act, setting, character, and emotion. I use the combination of the four words and try to base a story around it. This usually gives me some interesting results and plot lines I have never seen done before. This exercise takes all of 5 minutes.
Just remember, erotica readers want something they haven’t read before. Yes, erotica is first and foremost about the sex, but that doesn’t mean readers don’t want a little plot with their porn.
Most erotic authors fail because they try to copy a story that has gained popularity. The problem with this is a number of others erotic authors are doing the same thing, trying to cash in on the flavor of the month. By being original, you will stand out from the pack.