How to Write Erotica: 3 Tips with Pandora Box

  • Tip #1: Write. This is advice you'll hear from everyone in every genre, but I believe it particularly applies to erotica - your aim is not to create perfect characters in beautifully-constructed worlds (though both of those are obviously a plus) - you're building sexual tension, and then releasing it by rubbing body-parts together. Write, write, write. Turn your brain off and let your fingers flow - you'll learn more the more you produce, and no matter how bad you are to begin with, it's capable of getting *someone* off.
  • Tip #2: Publish. I'm a perfectionist. If I could, I'd rewrite every story for the rest of my life, not putting it out in the world until it's a masterpiece…but if you want to make money from this, you can't allow yourself to indulge. I limit myself to one draft, and then I get it out there. Write as much as you can, and publish all of it.
  • Tip #3: Don't do anything except #1 and #2. It's so easy to get sucked into the world of social media and marketing and reading guides on how to blah blah blah…write, publish, then write some more. If you're writing smut, it's all about volume. Write what sells - follow the trends, and if it does well write a sequel - but don't spend your time on anything else.

(also give yourself time off from time to time)


Bio:Pandora Box is an ex-librarian who got sick of skimming through books for the naughty parts, and decided to write her own. She lives in Australia, where she cycles daily and watches every U.S. television drama she can get her hands on!

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