Writing Porn for Money

One of my closest friends (and oddly enough least favorite humans) not three minutes ago told me I sold myself out as a writer.

And, you know. I have to very confidently and happily disagree.

My stance here is similar to my stance on people who strip or sell their bodies or pose in porn or anything like that for money. It may just be something that I really enjoy. Or it may just be part of a larger picture; a stepping stone on the way to something greater.

For me, it’s a way to pay the bills. No one called me a sell-out when I started writing blog posts about makeup and beauty or click-bait. And I don’t think that there’s a great big distinction between any of that and writing erotica for money. For one, it frequently pays a little bit better and is more consistent work. But more than that, none of it is really what I want to be doing with my writing. Which is a big part of freelancing, no matter what you’re writing. Since you’re being paid to write a piece of work for someone else on a subject they want, it isn’t really your work in the end. But it is writing. And that’s the important part. No matter how you’re honing your skills and doing what you love, you’re doing it.

But enough of that. What I’m really writing to tell you all about is the kind of assignments I sometimes get. Because occasionally they are downright hilarious.

As a precursor, I’ve never communicated directly with a client when writing erotica and so could not possibly be giving out any identification, accidentally or on purpose. Additionally, if this sounds like an outline you gave to someone rest assured that I’ve written several of these and many of them are incredibly similar.

With that being said, here are a few of the outlines I’ve written (or read and rejected) over the years.

  • 15k words, bad boy stripper meets good plain jane girl who gets pregnant and they get together
  • 10k words, alien species invades earth to procreate with women and continue their race, alien master falls in love with slave girl
  • 8k words, two vampires fighting over young half vampire girl, her fave dies tragically so she settles for his friend

Each one, as you might have guessed, gets more and more ridiculous. Really, these are the plotlines that sell. But some of the requirements and stipulations for the stories (3.5 sex scenes at least, make sure that the heroine doesn’t know she’s pretty) are even more hilarious.

But I don’t regret taking these projects. They’re incredibly amusing, and sometimes really fun. Plus, it truly is a challenge to take a bad outline and turn it into great writing.

So I hope you all enjoyed my two cents on the topic. Thanks for reading!

 

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5 thoughts on “Writing Porn for Money

  1. Respect! Erotica is one of the Best selling genres in fiction, so there is definitely a market, and the stories, well, let’s just say we get louder reactions than many of authors. Oleana

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    1. Thank you! It’s nice to talk to other writers of the genre, aha. It’s sometimes hard to explain to friends and family, “Hey, I write about sex for a living,” but really if you look at it from a strictly business standpoint, most of them have put money into the industry anyway.

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