I've tried to create a type of erotica that has a subtle moralistic agenda. Essentially, I have to enjoy the story, and feel like the characters were actually there. Consequentially, I end up doing a lot of psychological narrative along with my work.
I've been doing freelance erotica and romance for about 4 years now. Beyond that I've been trying to figure out how to self publish, and have recently grown to understand that a major component of self publishing is marketing your work.
In that sense, I not only had to figure out the ropes of novel outline / meeting word count deadlines / cover creation / and kindle publishing. -- But I also had to do some research into learning how to market yourself as a creative professional on a shoestring.
So, the process has actually been pretty well rounded.
I'd like to create a Smut VLOG series, to share with people how I approach self publishing, and story crafting.
If I had to break down story construction into 3 parts, I'd say the following:
1) Outline, and sub-divide based on word count needed per chapter in order to achieve whatever word count goal you have set for yourself. This essentially determines daily work load, and pacing.
2) Despite the best intentions of people to be well rounded intellectuals who appreciate fine literature, most of the time people require a lot more emotional manipulation in order to be really interested in a piece. In this sense, there are a number of hooks that need to be placed into each chapter by design.
- The first chapter needs to be violent, flashy, suspenseful, psychedelic, rich with sexual innuendo, and conflict.
- Each chapter to follow needs to have a hook at the end that leads people to want to read the next chapter.
- The ending needs to provide either a HFN [Happily For Now] conclusion -- which is a way of resolving the major conflict of the story, even though there may be elements which are left without resolution, which lead toward a sequel. Or, the ending needs to provide a HEA [Happily Ever After], total resolution of all relevant conflicts. Bowtie.
3) Psychologically, and sexually, people as a general rule don't project a social image of what it is they like to fantasize about -- however, one must appeal to both their basic socio-sexual motivators, as well as provide something for them to hold onto within themselves afterward. Essentially, this means allowing yourself to be a surrogate therapist and fictitious problem solver for the end target audience. In a sense this impulse is informed by Jungian psychology, and a hermetic concept called the Coincidentia Oppositorum.
What ends up happening with note three is that you find a way to have a woman be a submissive sexual person who also demonstrates a form of profound strength. Thus serving both a primary sexual desire for domination within the public female population, as well as a significant affirmation of self worth, equality or value.
Or, you will have a rape scene, in conjunction with a hard fucking scene, in conjunction with a HEA love story. The total sexual profile of the book then covering psychological dynamics and processing of Abuse, Lust, and Love -- in a contrast and compare approach, while also equipping the heroine with the tools necessary to navigate all of them. Start her off as a virgin, and end up with a HEA love story, and you basically get a sexual development journey.
The Coincidentia Oppositorum, in the sense of Carl Jung is also about bringing together opposites within the mind, for the purposes of "Individuation" or essentially a psychological maturity which balances and integrates different components of personality.
These can be simplified for consumption by working with extremes, and tropes.
Arrogant Man Learns Humility, but also finds merit for Arrogance.
Junkie Prostitute, finds god, and true love, kicks her habit, but still has compassion for people with addiction problems -- ends up working for a larger and more abstracted form of liberation -- both concrete and psychological.
That is basically how I approach the construction of my work. The rest has to do with small writing decisions, macro puzzle solving -- [to round out characters, and fill plot holes.], and just sitting down and typing for a few hours each day.
Publishing and marketing is another thing entirely.