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To entertain you today, I’d like to offer a little perspective on what inspires the erotic parts of erotic romance.
Not long ago, an aspiring writer asked me where my inspiration for erotica comes from—personal experience or imagination? It was kind of a personal question, but I did my best to answer it, and it got me thinking.
Inspiration for writing erotic scenes can come from many directions. There’s not one easy way to get the words to flow or the creativity to spark. You have to write from a combination of experience and imagination. Most erotica writers don’t have all the crazy experiences they write in their stories (and sometimes you can really tell), but many of those same made-up fantasies will speak to readers anyway. To put it in another context, think of an Indiana Jones screenplay. Do you think the screenplay writer(s) had experience running through jungles, dodging giant boulders, and vanquishing evil-doers? Seems unlikely. But they came up with those ideas anyway. The same can be said for erotic writing. You can be inspired by the NOT doing, or the doing, but you nearly always have to use your imagination to get things down in pixels.
You can’t write about sex eloquently unless you’ve had it. But once that’s out of the way, you can do all kinds of crazy things with that experience.
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