Guest - Marie March - Lurid or Lusty

Lurid or Lusty
The Challenges of Writing Erotica
By Marie March

In recent years, the mind-set toward Erotica has become more progressive and well received. However, in spite of forward thinking attitudes, there still exists a puritanical state of mind towards "blue" language, sexuality and sexual slang both in print media and the spoken word. Yet, interestingly enough these rules do not readily apply to romance writers, and more specifically the erotica writer.

Though somewhat forbidden in just about every other form of literature, on the whole it is deemed acceptable, as well as expected, the inclusion of "filthy" words in the erotica narrative.

Often times, physical intimacy transforms into sensual, passionate, and in some cases extreme sexual experiences. In erotica, carnal desire translates into down and dirty verbiage intended to arouse the characters in the story, as well as the readers themselves. Since a large number of readership(s) choose these stories specifically for stimulation and fantasy, no one writing in this genre should feel ashamed purposely targeting a reader's guilty pleasure. Exploring human sexuality with honesty, an open mind and even a dash of humor, in a society often inhibited or reticent, can be a freeing practice.

Now, this does not mean your complete storyline has to read like a recent parolee's travelogue through the red-light district in Amsterdam, as riveting as that may sound. All it really means is for an erotica writer to stay true to the genre, the thoughtful use of (perceived) taboo words should have no limitations--so go ahead--write a story that will make your readers upper and lower cheeks burn!
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Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree more. Let's set those cheeks on fire!

Marie March said...

Amen Casey!

A big thanks to Nicole North for hosting me today. :)

Nicole North said...

Welcome, Marie! And thanks so much for being our guest today!

Carly Carson said...

I never really thought of the fact that romance writers have more leeway in writing sex than authors in other genres. Interesting point. I also think the advent of epublishing has broadened the use of erotic scenes etc. in romance.

Marie March said...

Hi Carly,

You're right; the evolution of e-book publishers has certainly given writers the autonomy to explore all manner of sensuality levels and kink. I also believe the increasing number of sex scenes is more the rule than the exception nowadays.

I've had one reader tell me the ability to purchase an e-book in the privacy one's own home, without strangers in the bookstore giving disapproving glares makes it possible for her to contact an e-publisher to request certain scenarios.

Carly Carson said...

Oh, yes, I agree. The privacy angle is huge, esp. with women.

Carly Carson said...

Oh, yes, I agree. The privacy angle is huge, esp. with women.