erotica writing

Someone Else Writes Worse Erotica Than You, I Promise

Y’all. People are out there getting published with this kind of writing in actual books (and being paid actual money for it)!!!

I found this on Facebook, posted in a silly group with sex memes. Later, folks shared on Twitter and I confirmed with a little research that this was written by John Updike. Who won a Pulitzer Prize. Not for this, but in general.

Men are notoriously bad about writing women and about women’s bodies during sex in fiction. It’s atrocious really. And it’s so prevalent that there’s a whole Twitter account dedicated to it, @menwritewomen.

C’mon queers: whatcha got. I want to read it!

You know your queer kinky leather genderfuckery smut is a thousand times better. Even the casual sexting you do regularly is better.

Hey you, closet erotica writer: I’m looking at you.

Write it. Maybe even share it with one person, five people, some friends, a writing group. Or maybe even submit it somewhere!


Yer friendly neighborhood erotica editor who loves smut and wants to read all the queer smut forever

PS: I’m editing next year’s edition of Best Lesbian Erotica, it’s official. I’ll have a call for submissions out soon, it’ll be due in October-ish. Get on it, if you’re thinking about submitting!

PPS: I will be running another round of my erotica writing workshop in September (ish, dates TBD). It’ll be very similar to last year, a 4-week writing group that meets weekly, reads each other’s work, and offers supportive feedback, with writing prompts and craft lectures. More info coming soon.

Published by Sinclair Sexsmith

Sinclair Sexsmith (they/them) is "the best-known butch erotica writer whose kinky, groundbreaking stories have turned on countless queers" (AfterEllen), who "is in all the books, wins all the awards, speaks at all the panels and readings, knows all the stuff, and writes for all the places" (Autostraddle). ​Their short story collection, Sweet & Rough: Queer Kink Erotica, was a 2016 finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, and they are the current editor of the Best Lesbian Erotica series. They identify as a white non-binary butch dominant, a survivor, and an introvert, and they live outside Seattle as an uninvited settler on traditional, ancestral, & unceded Snoqualmie land.

3 thoughts on “Someone Else Writes Worse Erotica Than You, I Promise”

  1. Alisha says:

    👀 👀 👀 will you look at one of mine?

    love, your former assistant. <3

  2. Ambition says:

    I absolutely love this! I guess I will go ahead and finish the couple of stories that I started. Thanks for posting this!

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