Coining a New Term in Erotic Writing

For a prude like me it seems ironic that the first ever workshop I ever attend as a new writer is one on writing erotic fiction. Having my identity firmly connected to the idea of being a romance writer and having Jane Austen as my hero, the idea of writing toe curling sex scenes in any of my novels seemed impossible.

Which is exactly why I signed up for the workshop.

But now it’s been a few months and when faced with the question from Tiffany  – “I am curious to know how it went, if you would recommend it” I see its now time to think carefully about the new skills that Opal Carrew  tried to impart to me and consider if I have put any of them into practise yet.

Sadly, the truth of the matter is that no, I went to the workshop in January and yet I have not yet written anything remotely raunchy.

Honestly, the first six months of the year I was too busy reading educational philosophy to complete a university degree. And attempting to not appear too dumb in group discussions when people waxed lyrical about how enthralling and insightful such and such a piece was for them, when personally I considered whether the writer of the aforementioned piece was on drugs or I was needing to be on drugs to understand what the piece was (apparently eloquently) expressing.

Several weeks have elapsed since I completed my final course and it seems that the writing synapses in the brain are starting to fire up again. Instead of academic work I’ve been writing fiction and finding a certain pleasure in the completed scenes.  And obviously, I’ve been writing blog posts at a rate much higher than one a quarter.  I’ve also been revelling in the new e-reader that my husband bought for my birthday present, and reading copious amounts of books for no other reason than pure pleasure.

But I think the best thing that I learnt from the workshop was that I am no longer concerned about writing sex scenes that maybe required in my any of my stories.  During the workshop we were given ample opportunity to write erotic fiction pieces, create sexy characters, think about clever experiences to have sexual events occur… oh you name it… we did it!  So I don’t think that when the time comes (and it is coming soon) I will have any trouble writing erotic scenes for the book I’m currently working on. Obviously, I would probably need to read some erotic fiction to get into the right head space and remember all the turns of phrase erotic writers use to describe certain events. *ahem*

During Carrew’s workshop she took us through the story arcs that different genres follow. We spent a lot of time creating a rough outline for an erotic novel.  For any fiction to be classified romantic, even erotic romance fiction, the rule within the publishing world is that there always has to be a happy ending. You know the story,  Boy and girl meet. Fall in love. Have a falling out. Hate each other. Discover they can’t live without the other. Get back together. And this is where I brag about probably my one true claim to fame within the erotic fiction world right now. I coined a new term for the happy ending.  Boy and girl live happily f^cking after.

Yeah Tiffany,  I guess you could say I really learned a lot and would highly reccomend attending an erotic writing workshop.


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  3. Thank you so much for this post! I believe I will now be taking the erotic workshop. I am quite a prude myself when it comes to writing about erotic topics, so I could use a bit of loosening up, and some instruction on how NOT to be cheesy–that is my main concern!

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