Write What You Love
Okay, my first blog post on how to become a successful erotic writer. Now, let’s pause for a moment and ask a question. Am I a successful erotica writer?
I guess that’s up for interpretation. I am halfway to becoming a full-time author which is my ultimate goal. For those of you that like numbers, I’ll break it down like this: I’ve made an agreement with myself that when I reach $2,000 per month I can quit my day job and focus full time on writing. December was my first month breaking $1,000 which is amazing to me.
My dream has always been to become a full-time writer, but some of you out there probably have dreams that you never expect to achieve. That’s the way it was for me until I actually started making real money. I suppose the dream became real the month I broke $400 and my wife told me I was now bringing in enough money to make a car payment!
Yes, she’s very supportive.
So, as of December 2020, I am halfway to my goal. I have sold over 500 books this month and it’s not over yet! If that sounds like success, then I might just have tips that will help get you up and running faster. Some of my advice you may not agree with, and that’s okay. Creative people have a lot of different ways of creating, but I’m going to tell you what works for me. I hope it helps, I truly do, because we need more well-written smut out there.
So, what’s the first topic?
How about expectations?
What do you expect to get out of writing?
There’s a lot of answers to this question. Do you want your fantasies out there for other people to read? In other words, would you get as much satisfaction placing your stories on a free site as you would putting them up on Amazon and having people pay you for them? Or do you just want to make enough money to pay that car payment? Neither answer is wrong. Everyone has different reasons for writing. Some just want to release their words out to the world, some people write for justification or respect. Some people write for money.
However, before you can think about sharing your work or making enough money to pay your rent, you need to ask yourself an even more important question:
Are you writing what you love?
I write because I love the cuckold fetish. I have been into the fetish for over 25 years now and I love stories about cheating, betrayal, and cuckolding. I love it so much I used to put it up for free on Literotica.com under a different pen name.
What would you write even if nobody read it? For me, that answer is easy now, but it’s taken me 25 years to figure it out. You don’t have to take that long. If you’ve tried writing stories before, erotica or not, and your mind keeps coming back to specific ideas, write them. Even if you think nobody will like your ideas, write them down. I sincerely believe you have to have a passion for what you are writing in order to make a good story. Plus, if you have a true desire for your subject, you’re less likely to let bad reviews get to you (more about reviews later).
For now, decide what you want to write. If we’re talking about erotica, that can be a specific kink that you focus on. If you like science fiction, write science fiction. If you like science fiction and sex, combine them into a sexy sci-fi story. I’ve done this myself by combining sci-fi, horror, and cuckold erotica into my short story collection Near Future. It can be done!
The important thing at this stage in your career, if you’re not already selling a thousand books a month, is to write what you love. The only way you can sell your writing is to actually write it. So, whatever gets you to the page, do it right now. Today.
I love cheating and cuckold stories. Check out all of my fiction books here.