A checklist for aspiring erotic romance writers:
□ Are willing to sacrifice the time to do extensive research with your partner.
(Sweetheart, I prefer the velvet lined handcuffs.)
□ Get turned on by what you’re writing.
(Damn. Where’s my partner when I need him?)
□ Can make readers believe that you’ve had sex with elves, vampires & cowboys.
(Wow, you must have lots of experience to write sex like that.)
□ Can write “those words.”
(Saying them out loud is not required.)
□ Can write sensual and non-cliché dialogue in sex scenes.
(As in more original than, “Oooh, yeah. Give it to me, baby.”)
(Honey, can you start working out at the gym & grow your hair shoulder-length?)
□ Are willing to read lots of erotic romances to get a feel for the genre.
(It’s rough, but someone’s gotta do it.)
□ Can write sex scenes without worrying what your family & neighbors might think.
(Um, Mom. Sorry, but you can’t read my books.)
□ Can write with an open mind and push the envelope—anything goes.
(Yes, vampires can have mind-blowing sex with werewolves. Two at a time even.)
□ can be creative and forget vanilla sex; instead triple almond caramel cherry crunch!
□ can make something as simple as eating cheesecake sensual and sexual.
(Give me some of what she’s having!)
□ can leave behind stereotypes, restraints on women’s sexuality, and shame.
(When it comes to sex, if it feels good, honey, it is good.)
□ can write a solid romance with strong sex scenes, a strong plot, and a HEA.
(Funny thing how our readers actually love a good story along with all that sex…)
(Yes, you can write that!)
□ and most importantly, you, too can be an erotic romance writer if you
LOVE writing it!
~Cheyenne aka Jaymie