I want to experiment writing in the erotica genre, but don't really know where to start.
There is an anthology looking for gothic stories here:
I have a few ideas about this, having to do with jus prima nocte (this was a concept explored in the movie Brave Heart, but all the research I've done on it says it was a myth and that no evidence exists saying it was ever enforced. Anyway, good for a story...) I have a lot of ideas. But I'm not really sure where the line gets crossed when you're talking about sex in a gothic story, if you can get away with pantomiming it, like it was done in the strawberry picking scene in Tess of the D'urbervilles (Hardy wrote about Alec D'urberville holding a strawberry 'by the stem to her mouth, and she took it in.' -paraphrased)
I get the idea I should modernize more than this, that this should be flat out description of every physical sensation, nothing held back. I have an idea of inexperienced lovers getting their ideas/education from medieval chapbooks and quoting a lot of what they're reading and then implying that they're trying what they've read about. Do I have to be more explicit? Anyway, I don't really know where to start. Any ideas would be welcome. I keep going back and forth between my scifi ideas and this new one re: gothic kink which I'm looking at.
Thanks for any advice/ideas of what I can read to get started....I'm completely a newbie.