Why I Write #Erotica pt4 – (& I Haz Planz 16/10)

We finally made it! Ha, sorry about that. The fourth and last post in my over-long why I write erotica series. Check out the first, second and third posts if you’re interested in what was going through my head.

So, why do I write erotica?

4) There’s a market for it.

From an utterly business point of view, why would I not provide reading material that people so clearly want when I’m in a position to do so? It’s crazy! And daft. Obviously not everyone can write erotica (nor do they want to) but those that do have an amazing opportunity to reach audiences all over the world and share what’s important to them about sex and relationships.

Sex isn’t discussed enough in our society. For reason I’ll probably never understand it remains taboo, but there is a need for material, both as entertainment and as educational tools.

Never for a moment would I go so far as to say that my books are in any way educational (though there are some details included within them that reflect things that are new to me) but they certainly meet the former of those to needs I highlighted above.

I know I keep harping back to it, and I’m sorry, but 50 Shades of Grey is such a fantastic example of what I’m talking about. Prior to its mainstream release of course erotica existed. Hell, I read a shit-load of it. But erotic as a genre has never been as visible and mainstream as it is right now. Particularly BDSM erotica. Doesn’t that, in of itself, demonstrate the fact that there’s a market for it?

I think it does.

So that’s it. Four good reasons why I chose to write erotica when I could just shut up and let Ileandra write her fantasy. To be honest, some aren’t as heavily weighted to me as others (one should write for oneself, rather than to markets after all), but as long as all four reasons continue to apply, I’ll continue to write.

Heh, looks like I’m going to be around for a while. 😉

line break, swirling graphics, from openclipart

*head desk*

What a week.  By Monday I knew I wasn’t going to get everything done. I just knew. Not because of any one reason (though Da Shared Brain’s magazine project is certainly a contributing factor) but just because. Tis okay though; it’s another of those weeks in which lots of little (but still important) things got done.

Last Week

book and reading light form openclipart.com~Complete deep edits at least 1,500 words of ‘Simone & Mr Bradford’
Nope. I finished my first pass of edits but never managed to get to the deep stuff. Though I have highlighted some changes I need to make so that’s certainly a good start.

~Complete checks on second pass of edits issued by Breathless Press for Slippers & Chains
Nope. I’ve asked for an extension of the deadline, with Jenn has kindly agreed to. I said Saturday, she said Sunday, which is a comfortable safety net to get things done in. I just don’t want to rush at this point. I know it can be a sign of being too precious about things, but I really want this novella to shine. It’s a great story; I need to do it justice.

a pen and a pencilThis Week

  1. Complete deep edits on ‘Simone & Mr Bradford’
  2. Complete checks on second pass of edits issued by Breathless Press for Slippers & Chains

I think Da Shared Brain is easing off a bit now. That means I’m freer to get my bits n bobs done. My goal now is to get all of this little stuff out of the way before NaNoWriMo kicks in.

What, didn’t I tell you? I’m totally going to be doing NaNoWriMo this year. Not Ileandra, me! Haha! Yes, yes, I’ll still use her profile (beats making my own) but I’ll be writing the next story in the Slippers & Chains series. Wheeeeee!

Raven's Signature In Black

About Raven ShadowHawk

I take great pleasure in writing erotica and am merely one side of the proverbial coin. My other half, 'Ileandra Young' writes fantasy and the occasional comedy piece. My six-part series 'Meeting Each Other' is available in full, through Amazon and Smashwords while my debut novella 'Sugar Dust' is now re-released (!) available through Amazon via Little Vamp Press.
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2 Responses to Why I Write #Erotica pt4 – (& I Haz Planz 16/10)

  1. Hey there. Just wanted to offer a word or two of encouragement.

    I think one of the things with editing is that you’re never really sure until you’re finished that it is going to read better. So when you are done, give yourself a wee moment to step back and appreciate the hard work you’ve put in. 🙂


    • Thanks hon.
      It’s that never ending circle that we’re all so well acquainted with. Is it good enough? Are the characters deep enough? Did I switch POV when I didn’t mean to? Has the overall plot arc got enough peaks and troughs… it goes on.

      But at some point you’ve gotta let it go. And you’re right! Celebrating with a clap on the back is one way to mark the event. ^_^


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