When writing erotica you don’t want anything to hinder your volume. The key to success for a no name self published erotic author is VOLUME.
Remember you’re not writing the next great American novel. You’re writing short stories to get people off. Usually these stories will be in the 3,000-5,000 word range.
If your serious about making money with erotica you should treat it like a business. This means setting aside time to write, whether you feel like it or not. You should value this time. It’s a time for writing and writing only.
Of course, this is easier said than done. Distractions pop up. Phone calls, twitter feeds, and noisy roommates can kill productivity. It’s important that distractions like these are nipped in the bud. Here are a few ways to eliminate distractions and become a more productive erotic author:
1. Pomodoro Technique: Set your writing time into twenty five minute blocks with 5 minute rest periods. After you have completed 4 twenty five minute blocks take an extended break of fifteen minute, and repeat.
I like the Pomodoro Technique because it helps you get into a rhythm while preventing burnout. The twenty five minute blocks help build momentum. You may only be able to get 200 words during the first block, but by the forth block you will be writing 500 plus words easily. The words will begin to flow. The 5 minute breaks are a good time to stretch, and aren’t long enough for you to get distracted by something else.
Need a Pomodoro timer? There are many apps for that.
2. Outline: You don’t have to write a detailed rough draft for erotica, but it does help to have some semblance of an outline.
Write out the general plot, characters, setting, and any other research beforehand. Nothing breaks up the flow of writing like researching to make sure minor details are accurate.
3. Edit Later: I have to admit I don’t always follow this advice myself. For some reason I feel the need to edit after every sentence.
When writing you’re aiming for uninterrupted streams of consciousness. Some may call this flow state. It’s where the magic happens.
Going back to look up the perfect word or correct grammatical errors will kill flow. When you write, just write. Stop trying to be perfect. You can edit it later.
4. Block The Interweb: I don’t know about you, but I’m easily distracted and thrown off course. I may tell myself I’m going to check my mail real quick, but two hours later I’m looking at Facebook pictures of someone I barely knew in high school.
If you’re like me, you shouldn’t even give yourself the option to get distracted. Block the internet before it becomes a blackhole. I use an extension called StayFocused. This extension allows you to block “problem” websites for extended periods of time.
5. Block Your Phone Too: Don’t forget your phone too. Put it on airplane mode. Better yet, turn it off.
Phone calls and texts are another needless distraction. Let’s face it, no one really needs to get in touch with you that bad.
6. Work Space: This isn’t necessary but it’s something to consider. Your living space may be the perfect spot for you to work, but for some it’s just another distraction. Noisy roommates, annoying partners, or little children can put a damper on writing time.
You may find it useful to rent a small studio space. Usually you can find a decent spot for pretty cheap. I was able to find a studio in a co working space for $105 a month.
Being successful in erotica, or any genre, is about carving time out of each day to write, and defending that time against your own self sabotage.
P.S. If you’re interested in becoming a more productive writer I suggest grabbing a copy of Steven Pressfield’s War of Art. It’s the bible when it comes to breaking past creative hurdles and getting shit done.
If you’re interested in learning ways to succeed as an erotic author grab a copy of my book Confessions of an Erotic Author: How to Write Smut That Sells