When I started writing erotica a year ago, I didn’t know what I was doing. I didn’t have any particular skills, nor was I any good at writing. The only thing I knew was that I wanted to do something with what I loved: reading.
I was always a fan of literature. My favorite past times were spending hours browsing through fanfiction online. Whenever the teacher would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would tell them: a librarian. My father would get annoyed with me whenever I would beg him to take me over to the public library too. I just loved to read my books!
It was around I turned sixteen when I found out about erotica. I was reading a fan fiction about a romance with vampires and werewolves when I thought, wow I wish there was something steamier than this.
A quick search later and I found a plethora of stories related to what I wanted. Since then, I was absolutely hooked!
Around this time, I started dabbling in my own writing. I was reading some erotica that I thought was crap and told myself that I anyone could write something better than that, even me. So that’s what I did.
But after finally reading what I wrote, I found it to be garbage!
There were typos everywhere, grammar mistakes, and spelling errors. It looked so bad that I didn’t even want to proofread or edit my own work anymore. I just either threw it online or I’d delete the file if I wasn’t satisfied with what I wrote.
Looking back on my experiences, I can honestly say that writing is not a spectator sport. It’s something that one must practice vigorously in order to be good at. As I wrote and wrote, I started to improve. Nowadays, I’m happy with what I write, for the most part.
When I turned eighteen, I had written so much crap that I wondered if I could ever become a writer someday. That’s around the time I learned about selling erotica on Amazon. I told myself, what do I have to lose? So I started publishing some of my writing there.
I was overjoyed with happiness when I made my first sale and started getting motivated to keep on writing. Around a month in, I was making about $5 a day. On my second month, I made over $300 which is about $10 per day! Not only was I making money for doing something in my spare time, I was also making money by doing something I loved!
A few months passed with no change in profits. Life had come and was occupying much of my time. Boyfriends, classes, part-time jobs, I needed to put something in my life aside and unfortunately, it had to be writing. At the time of this blog post, I am nineteen-years-old and still in school.
Several months later, I started writing full-time again. Classes were over and I had recently broken up with my boyfriend. I was still working as a part-time model and hairdresser but I wasn’t happy with my life. I wanted to do something that I enjoyed and I knew I had to start writing again.
I went back to erotica and told myself that I would sit down and write 3000-5000 words per day. No excuses, no exceptions. I did that for about a month and soon enough, my hard work was paying off. I started making $20 per day, then $30, then $50. Nowadays, I make about $70-90 per day but this is a figure that is steadily rising. I know it’s not much off from minimum wage but for me, it’s a lot of money doing something I thoroughly enjoy.
I hope this post was inspiring. After all, that was its original purpose. I just wanted to tell you that you don’t have to be a writing genius to become an author. What it takes is a creative mind and the ability to keep readers engaged. As for me, I’ll keep writing and writing until I want to move on to something else. Eventually, I want to start writing romance, but I don’t think I’m ready for that leap just yet.