Hola, good Sunday Morning to you all! How is everyone? I'm bloody exhausted. Just got back from up and back day to Yaoi Con. Thud!
We have a workshop for you. It's going on all this week. Everything you need to know about writing M/M romance & erotica. Myself, Mychael Black and Jade Falconer will be waxing prosaic on how to craft a good M/M story.
And that's the first tip. It's got to be a good story. All the basic rules of writing apply:
Strong Characters. People aren't going to want to read red hot manloveing if they can’t stand the characters. They have to be fully fleshed out, believable and sympatric.
A reasonable plot. The weaker the plot, the stronger the characters have got to be. Relationship stories are fine, but there still has to be a driving motivation for the characters. Fiction Factor has some good discussions about various topics like "Novel Templates," "Using Index Cards to Plot Your Novel," and the like.
Grammar, spelling, style count. They count in erotica/romance as much as anywhere. I usually recommend Jack Lynch as a decent reference… he's a professor of English at Rutgers University. He's got helpful tips on his own and a fairly good compendium of online resources.
Now I'll throw the floor open for some questions and we'll see if we can't help you.