I’ve written a reasonable amount of erotica, some of which has been guro-themed, and been told it’s good. So I’ll weigh in with my personal advice, but do bear in mind that this is in no way ‘official’. I don’t have any actual qualifications lol, all I know is what works for me. I’ll also avoid repeating the basic stuff others have said about grammar, tense, etc, but that is all vitally important to consider.
Writing guro is very similar to writing regular erotica. The specific acts being described are different, but the overall tone is still meant to be arousing. I find that in order to accomplish that, firstly, word choice is very important. You want your words to be very blunt, to the point where they shock the reader and give them that taboo thrill they’re looking for. You’d be surprised how many ‘adult’ stories still dance around the hardcore subjects with flowery language. People aren’t used to reading about others being intimate in explicit detail, so when they see a story like that, it’s exciting because it’s different. Also bear in mind that I don’t mean be vulgar (using ‘fuck’ and ‘cunt’ all over the place is, in my opinion, not very arousing; like when you get these women just screaming ‘fuck me’ over and over again in porn and it feels like it’s trying too hard). But be explicit and try to use evocative, visceral words. This is probably easier to do in guro than in regular erotica because you gain access to the whole lexicon of violent language, not just sexual language.
Second, another very important thing is to have a strong description of your characters’ internal feelings and monologues. This may be more personal preference, but I find that lots of erotica (both guro and not) falls into the trap of reading like a drawn-out grocery list of sexual or violent acts. It describes what one character does to another, but it ends up feeling flat and boring because we have no connection or interest in what’s happening. You don’t need a detailed plot or backstory, or even very 3-dimensional characters, but you do need an insight into what is going through their heads during the act. I think a story that only features a relatively brief sexual encounter, but delves into the emotions of the characters at each point, reads far better than a story that just goes on and on with who did what when. Again, guro works well for this because there are so many visceral emotions to draw on.
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