What makes a story erotic? Lots of hot-hot love scenes? Well, sure, you need to have those. But what separates the really sexy from the truly erotic is the erotic premise.
The erotic premise is the backbone of the story that threads sex throughout every scene and every page. An erotic premise ensures that the entire story is about sex. It’s an idea or concept that makes your story revolve around the sexual relationships with the characters. Let me give you some examples:
You could write a story about a woman who needs a man to escort her to a family wedding weekend. They could find themselves sharing a room by mistake and they could have fantastic sex. Good sexy story.
Now make the woman a reporter who wants to attend a Get to Know Your Sexuality weekend and has to have a partner. Can you see how the sexual tension will be high from beginning to end, even if the characters are reluctant to have sex at the beginning?
Another example: You could have a man who comes to a woman in her dreams. Or, instead, you could write about a creature who feeds off the energy of a woman’s erotic dreams. The second is definitely more erotic.
Here are a few erotic premises I’ve used.
A young and inexperienced person approaches a more sophisticated person and asks to be taught how to be good in bed. I’ve done this with both an inexperienced woman and with an inexperienced man paired with an older woman.
In another story, my hero pretends to be a worker in an exclusive sex club for women in order to win back the ex-wife he never stopped loving.
I enjoyed that setting so much, I wrote a whole series of novellas in a women’s sex club.
In Heat Rises, two people who almost became lovers find themselves confined to a small, mountain cabin in a snow storm. The idea of people cooped up with their desires became the series Cabin Fever.
Thinking up sexual premises is great fun. Do it some day when you need some inspiration for a story!
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