As it’s February, the month of Valentine’s Day, I figured it would be appropriate to address one of the major stumbling blocks that challenge some newcomers to writing erotica: should all erotic fiction be romantic?
The short answer is no.
The longer answer is noooooooo.
A typical romance story used to have very little sex. Some romantic publishers made a point of consistently producing stories that never got to the fun side of the bedroom door. The idea of characters in a romance being sexually intimate went against what was accepted by the prudish standards of the genre. Luckily, nowadays, publishers no longer have such strong reservations about including sex in romance. But it’s fair to say that an erotic story is a lot more than a romance with the bedroom door open.
There are five main reasons why your characters could have sex:
1) They have been, are, or will be romantically linked.
2) They have negotiated sex in exchange for goods or services or some other commodity.
3) The sex they are having is the result of a power exchange.
4) They are drunk.
5) They believe sex together will be fun and could satisfy a mutual urge.
Characters in fiction, just like people in the real world, have sex for a variety of reasons. If you want to keep your erotic fiction fresh, make sure that your characters are motivated by more than romantic interest.