KFANYC2 – The Future of Online Sex Writing

I did a second presentation because there was some extra time and space left. I only got to a few of these points, but here is some more information about the topic.

The Future of Online Sex Writing – How Sex Writing is Changing and What We Would Like to Read

A. Mixed Media

1. Audio
Although the written word has always been the ideal medium for me, it is silly not to look at technology and all the ways it can bring erotic storytelling to the next level. To me the short story has always been a particularly good form for erotica writing. As well short stories lend themselves to audio very well. A short piece that can be recorded in 30-45 minutes and read by someone with a good voice and decent equipment can be amazing.

Erotic podcasts like Nobilis Erotica or Mia’s I Want Your Sex are great examples of this relatively new format of audio erotic storytelling. I myself have set up a site and hope to start posting stories of this kind at readingdirty.com

Even if the reader stumbles and get a bit breathy during the hot parts, that can be part of the attraction. Certainly the audio stories on Literotica’s Audio Section can range from monotone readings, to well produced radioplays, to grunting phone sex recordings. Each of these, in my opinion, can be very entertaining.

With the advent of podcasting and the inexpensiveness of hosting as well as the ubiquity of recording devices on computers, phone and mp3 players, making audio stories because just as easy if not easier than creating written works.

Non-erotic fiction has had great success with podcasting. Escape Pod, a science fiction/speculative fiction short story audio magazine has received great acclaim and has even

2. Graphics
From photographs to illustrations, graphics of all kinds have been used to both elaborate and enrich written works. Online it is common to see at least a cover or title picture on stories, or some illustrations or photos throughout a story.

Another direction to go is actual graphic novelization of erotic works. There are certainly a few erotic graph novels both online and off (Alan Moore & Melinda Gebbie’s Lost Girls being my favorite), but relatively few are actually adapted from amateur works. This seams a wonderful direction and I, along with many other writers I know, would be both flattered and intrigued to have their work adapted into a graphic novel or other graphic work.

3. Video
Here is something I have yet to see, with the exception of perhaps video recordings of erotica readings like the videos of In the Flesh in NYC.

Readings of erotic works are very interesting to watch. Readers can be bold and flirtatious or shy and embarrassed, both of with can be compelling.

One thing I haven’t seen is the actual adaptation of erotic short stories into amateur skits or dramatic scenes. While I understand the word for that could be porn, I am talking about erotic dialogs… but hell making a porn out of a compelling work of erotica sounds like the best idea I’ve heard in a while.

Though video is a bit more difficult to record well, edit and host it is still worlds easier than it was only two or three years ago. Like audio and frankly everything online, content is more important than quality. If people start making more literature video erotica the tools to aid them will come. So to speak.

B. Licensing

1. Creative Commons
Creative Commons is an alternative license to release work under, as opposed to copyright. A CC license allows you to be more specific about how your work can be used.
Remix – Editing, reworking, combining your work with other works or other mediums.
Alternative POV – Rewriting your work from a different character’s point of view
Continuation on Idea – Continuing a story line or picking up where a story left off.
Shared Worlds – Building on a created world, mythology or scenario.

C. Community
1. Beta Reading/Editing
The fan fiction community has many robust forums for helping each other and editing each other’s work. Other genres can learn from this and create forums for helping each other write better fiction. StoriesOnline has some tools for hooking up writers with editors.

2. Recommendations
In a time when content is overwhelming and the numbers of bloggers and writers grow exponentially it is important to review and filter work so that excellence doesn’t get lost.

Once again, fan fiction has created many rec sites that original erotic fiction can use as an example. Categorizing and rating fiction, spotlighting new writers and outstanding stories. The Sugasm and Fleshbot both help point out exemplary blogs and perhaps a similar model might be good to point out outstanding erotic fiction.

3. Encouraging Collaboration
Writers, like all artists, can be a bit prickly when it comes to sharing their work. Collaboration can often bring out the best in people’s writing and a workshop environment can help people hone their skill and drive innovation.

Plus, collaborating in erotic works has the added bonus of getting people to connect about sexy things and can be a tool in forging relationships of all kinds.

D. Escaping Cliche

Cliches seem to permeate erotica, especially online erotica. It’s come to a point where erotica as a genre seems to have a wealth of inside jokes to play with

E. New Genres
Though there are some pioneers in erotic science fiction, like Elf Sternberg, many other genres have some crossover with erotica literature online, but they can certainly be explored more. Erotic romance is a large sub-genre of erotica or a sub-genre of Romance, how every you look at it. Sites like Ravenous Romance, are not only progressing romantic erotica, but as a paying market is it also helping the validity of online sex writing.

Personally I am very interested in seeing erotica explore postmodern ideas in writing; playing with structure, point of view, non-linier storytelling, breaking the forth wall, &c.

F. New Formats

1. Choose Your Own Adventure/Hypertext Fiction

Online writing can take advantage of the fact that it is written in HTML. Creating a CYOA or other forms of hyper-textual fiction in relatively easy and creates a new palette of story telling.

2. Round Robins/Exquisite Corpses

Collaborative works can make for interesting, hysterical, strange and sometimes spectacular results.

3. Twitter Novels

Popular in Japan, Twitter novels are syndicated works that are dished out 140 characters at a time.

7 thoughts on “KFANYC2 – The Future of Online Sex Writing

  1. Very interesting and well thought through. Love the podcast idea and would like to contribute to reading dirty. I’ve been thinking that Mr McIntyres secret-when you finish it…please…would be great as a movie. Porn with a story…can it really exist? Also the round robin collaboration sounds like lots of fun. Why don’t you pic a picture from the photos page on my blog, write the first paragraph and email it to me and I’ll write the next bit and pass it back?

  2. Very interesting and well thought through. Love the podcast idea and would like to contribute to reading dirty. I’ve been thinking that Mr McIntyres secret-when you finish it…please…would be great as a movie. Porn with a story…can it really exist? Also the round robin collaboration sounds like lots of fun. Why don’t you pic a picture from the photos page on my blog, write the first paragraph and email it to me and I’ll write the next bit and pass it back?

  3. yes! some of the things i really want to see more of perhaps organize myself, not just in erotica but in storytelling in general, is more collaboration and more mixed-media… not just of two but a big mashup of all kinds of media.

    cellphone novels are also big in japan, and flash fiction/prompts/poems are present on twitter as well.

  4. yes! some of the things i really want to see more of perhaps organize myself, not just in erotica but in storytelling in general, is more collaboration and more mixed-media… not just of two but a big mashup of all kinds of media.

    cellphone novels are also big in japan, and flash fiction/prompts/poems are present on twitter as well.

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