I'm considering getting back into writing porn (or erotica, if you're highfalutin'). I have written some stuff in the past, and read a lot more (obviously)... and some stories are better than others, of course. Leaving aside genre and subject matter, what are the keys to a good story, for you? Mine are: - consistent use of tenses and decent grammar/spelling. I've read good stories in the 3rd person and in the 1st person... but don't skip back and forth. - believeable. For example, stories where the characters have 11" penises aren't believable. - credible perspective. I find it hard to write for female protagonists, although some people do that 'voice' pretty well. If you are going to write from the perspective of someone vastly different from who you are... you had better do it well. - credible dialogue. Another thing I sometimes struggle with. Good dialogue really livens up a story, but bad dialogue is stilted. Sometimes it's easier just to stick in occasional phrases or exchanges, for flavour. - a backstory. It's all well and good to have an exciting premise and some hot scenes, but give a little depth to your characters, please. - suspense/tension. Hard to do well, but a slow buildup of anticipation can make a story more exciting. Probably the same principle as is behind 'edging'. Any thoughts?