What types of YAOI are there? O:
There are many different types of YAOI that caters to a different target audience, but the main types are:
*Boy's Love involving a seme and an uke - targeted at female audience
*Men's Love/Gei comi/Bara involving more masculine characters (hence "Men's Love") - targeted again at a female audience but also to a gay/bisexual audience
*Shota involving a premature child usually under the age of around 12 and a more mature adult - targeted at a female/bisexual audience
The key difference between these types of yaoi is the age of the males characters. The ages of your characters will appeal to different people. Keep this is mind!
Seme? Uke?? What?! ;A;
Seme comes from the Japanese verb semeru which means to attack. In martial arts, the person attack would be called the seme. This term is no longer used..ou can guess why
Semes come in different shapes, sizes, personaities, preferences - just like a normal person. Most assume the seme to be the person who attacks the uke, the one who penetrates, but that is not always the case. In some situations, the seme can be the one recieving the uke, the "bottom" character. That is, if the seme wants to be
Some prefer semes who are experienced and teach the uke sexual things.
Some prefer the seme to be the sexier character who is dirty, sophisticated and says "seme" type things.
*e.g In Soul Eater: Dress Me Down I use Soul's husky and "back off b*tch" attitude to assemble the statement: "Kidd, I wanna f*ck you right now!"
**e.g In Naruto: What REALLY happened I take Itachi's firm and assertive voice that I hear in the anime and cater what he says to how I think he would say it. If you know a fan character, it'd be easier to write a more natural dialogue
In some stories and situations, the seme turns out to be the character you'd least expect!
This gives the story an edge and surprises the reader.
Kazuhiko Mishima is a yaoi mangaka who enjoys swapping the mature, older character into the "bottom" character.
Some readers love this idea and it turns them on to see the older seme-assumed character cry and cling to the bed sheets. Their serious face to horny face is a BIG turn on for some readers....like me B3
What about the uke? What's this uke?! ;W;
The uke term comes from the Japanese verb ukeru which means "to receive". This was also a martial arts/karate term but~ it turned out to be rather awkward to yell "Go get 'im Seme! Uke! Prepare yourself!"
Most uke assumptions are of a frail, meek, fragile, cry-baby uke who can't do anything by themselves. Who is clingy and weak and is always mentally beggng for attention but doesn't want to cause trouble.
e.g Raivis Galante is not an uke because we want him to be
These traits are of typical ukes - but we love them! They really turn some readers on.
Because of these assumptions, some readers either embrace or reject the assertive, strong-willed, high-strung, atitude-filled ukes. Or the tsundere types.
There are MORE types? *faint*
The opposite to an innocent/shy uke is a tsundere type, who are mostly uke.
Tsundere is japanese, made from the words: tsun tsun // dere dere
Tsun tsun = angry angry (methinks) // Dere Dere = Love Love
They're shy one moment and unnecessarily angry the next.
These type of Ukes are quite popular but their tsundere attitude is loved only for a while. Tsundere types are usually homophobe, which explains why they are angry most of the time (when Seme tries it on) then enjoy the sex only to be angry all over again.
Be Careful with tsundere types. They usually annoy readers who just want sex and happiness between Sir Seme and Lil Uke. An argument and a fight in the heat of the moment or when Sir Seme is trying really hard is NOT loved at all.
Famous Tsundere tpes:
*Arthur/England - Hetalia
*Misaki - Junjou Romantica
*Souichi - Tyrant Falls In Love
Masculine YAOI? Orly?
Because of the typical Seme and Uke pairing, some gay/bisexual mangaka and writers have responded saying, "We are nothing like that! I'm a strong boxer and my boyfriend's a strong wrestler. We have hot MAN sex not your prissy fairy-tail crap!" >:C
...or something like that just not as assertive hehe
Bara/Gei Comi (Gay comics)/Men's Love is basicall a response to the Seme and Uke YAOI type as most fangirls/boy/tards assume all pairings must have a Seme and an Uke.
Bara says you can have two semes or two smukes because in a real homosexual relationship it happens.
Wait- smuke??! .0.
A smuke or seke character is a cross between a seme and an uke.
They are either:
*More seme than uke
*More uke than seme
*Interchange between the two when they feel like it
Smuke characters are like bisexuals - there's more variety. You're not tied down to being a seme or an uke character, you can be whatever with whoever whenever you want!
A little boy having sex? LeGASPplz! O:
Shota is a YAOI type that is very popular whether you like it or not. Embrace it or reject it - it happens, and some reader just can't get enough of it!
Some who are against shota feel awkward at the concept and think it supports paedophilia.
Some who are for shota find it hot/cute/whatever. Love is love and that's it.
I, myself am not necessarily for shota but not totally against it either. Some may say, "But wait, you've done TWO shota pairings!: Raivis x Ivan and Ritsuka x Soubi! Raivis and Ritsuka are 14 and 15 and Ivan and Soubi are...old!
That because I write it.
I think I like it because I don't mention how old the characters and when writing, a make the "shota" boys older in my head and the "seme" younger in my head.
I think when I see shota, I feel a little uncomfortable because I can see how young the child looks around this much older man or men.
So yeah - sometimes shota turns me on and sometimes it doesn't - end of!
Shota ukes aren't always underage, they can just look underage. This is what's called Age in Appearance / Appearance Age. A character is just like a human being and can look older or younger than they actually are.
You can refer to them as "Loli-shota" or "Boy lolita".
Lolita is the gender opposite of Shota.
It's the term for young girls or girls that look young but are not.
But that has nothing to do with YAOI so go ask someone else
E.G Take Honey-senpai from Ouran High School Host Club. He's the oldest member of the club and the toughest, yet he barely scrapes around 4 feet tall! Being totally cute and bursting with a pure childish quality, Honey uses his personality and Appearance age in his favour.
Hope you've gotten to good grips with WHAT you're going to write about, NOW ONTO THE PLANNING! 8D
OMFGOSH where do I START?! *0*
I don't recommend writing if you haven't got an idea in your head. And by idea I mean:
*Pairing - who
*Semes/Ukes/Smukes - what
*A scenario - everything else
As you might have noticed, when I can't think of a scenario or idea to work from, I just do sex with a little hint of a story line but not actually working on it - I call those YAOI HOURs
I created What REALLY happened series when I didn't like the ending to Loveless. ANYTHING that makes a good story line, gives you something to work from, and you have an idea your audience'll like it too - go for it!
I've got a pairing - what now?
Check deviantART, google, anywhere for fanart, fanfics, character profiles (though if it's an unpopular pairing, you prob won't find any). Anything that'll inspire you.
E.G. With my most recent: Soul Eater: Dress Me Down - It came about because of the suggestion -yes- but there isn't a lot of fanart and fanfics that appeal to me. But then I found a picture of Soul in his black suit and yellow tie and one of Kidd in his sleek black suit and the idea hit me: Suit shopping!
Then that small idea needs to be developed.
How can suit shopping have anything to do with yaoi?
So basically you need to find out how to make PAIRING + IDEA = SEX
I still can't come up with an idea! ;A;
Check wikipedia to look at character profiles. You might find a little tiny insignificant piece of information that could be the most helpful thing in the world!
E.G. In my Raivis and the kraut series, the idea came about by my stumbling across a fact in a cooking book totally randomly and unintentionally. I thought, "Hey, I didn't know that!" and kept it to myself. THEN I read another fact completely randomly on Wikipedia that said Raivis enjoys reading. So I thought, "But hey..I read that funny sex fact..and Raivis likes to read..
BINGO! Raivis'll read the fact in a book!
That little idea sparked from random inspiration lead to a popular 4-fic series that continued to progress with every yaoific. It works!
How to develop my small idea?
So, using that brilliant equation above, you need to take that little idea and make it something BIG. NOW the intention is your target audience: your fangirls/boys/tards
You need to write something that THEY will enjoy. Especially if it's a request. People will expect you to try your best and give them a yaoific that'll turn them on.
It's YAOI - it has to, that's the whole point.
How do I take my small idea e.g suit shopping (Soul Eater), valentines day (Naruto), taking a bath (Junjou Romantica) and make it into YAOI?
SIMPLE: Just Add Sex.
It doesn't even NEED to be sex, they could just be kissing, hugging, touching. Use your descriptive skills and make it seem as though they are having sex or they might as well be
But wait! --What should I make them do!?
You'll find out in the heat of the moment!
If you start writing and Sir Seme pushes Lil Uke onto the floor and is towering over him, ANYTHING could happen!:
*They'll kiss passionately
*Sir Seme will give a hand job
*Sir Seme will force himself (?) between Lil Uke's legs and grind
*Sir Seme will go down on Lil Uke
*Sir Seme will crawl over Lil Uke's face and be sucked
*Sir Seme and Lil Uke will stare at each other all shoujo-like and do nothing before Lil Uke gets impatient and kisses Sir Seme.
*After staring, Sir Seme attempts to get up and Lil Uke pulls him back and kisses him.
*Sir Seme gets up and starts to walk away and Lil Uke runs after him all shoujo-like.
I just made those ideas up in 2 minutes.
If this method helps you to figure out an idea and how to progress it, use it!
The method of OR shows that yu've thought about the idea and gone deeper into it. It also gives you more to work from. As you can see, all of these things can go together in some way. Watch!:
E.G Reggie stumbled backwards and collapsed onto the floor. A little gasp squeezed past his lips as he looked up, Kevin's face inches away.
"N-nn.." Kevin flinched, his buldge grazing lightly over Reggie's thigh. His face flushed with colour and he pulled back quickly, onl to be met with the younger boy's surprisingly strong hold. "What are you--?"
The red head whipped his head in the opposite direction, attempting to not get caught in Reggie's deep gaze.
Now Kevin'll give in, look at Lil Uke, be instantly turned on by his Ukey face and slowly lean in for a kiss. The kiss grows passionate, hands wander - heck they could even roll over and swap positions if you want to!
Heat of the moment, heat of the moment!
It doesn't sound natural.. ;w;
You're a fantard - go read some YAOI! Go watch some YAOI! Go
You'll learn where the penis goes, where it feels good, teasing, fetishes, where the penis shouldn't go, and you can altar each of these things -and more!- to fit your Seme and your Uke.
I recommend you start writing FAN yaoifics before OC. This way, you'll have more experience writing and already know your stuff. You'll get feedback from people who like the pairing, constructive criticism, favourites, comments -- If you don't get it, ASK for it. If you WANT to know how things work, how yaoi works don't be afraid to ask.
BUT if you don't want to ask, READ, SEARCH, WATCH YAOI! You'll learn just from that reference material. Then move onto writing. Keep reading, keep writing, keep watching - you'll definitely learn something (:
My Uke and Seme are boring..
This happens when they're too typical or too alike. If you often write about cute, innocent ukes who fall for strong, cool semes - people will get bored.
With yaoifiction (see what I did there?) you can swap the uke and seme around if you don't want them the way people assume.
E.G When I first heard of or experience yaoi, it was SASUNARU. But a little while after, I saw a NARUSASU. Since I thought Sasuke was the Seme, it was a little odd to be as a n00bie fangirl. Experience new pairings, experience new personality types, different preferences, fetishes, kinks and quirks. Liven up your Seme and Uke just like you'd liven up an OC (:
Typical: Uke is shy and innocent. Loves smiling. Cries during sex. Submissive.
New: Uke is shy when around people he's not comfortable with. Loves smiling. Cries during sex when he feels really good. Loves to cross-dress
^Like that (:
The littlest details can totally transform your Seme or Uke.
So you've got your plot, you've got your pairing, you've got your scene, the rest bubbles down to your writing.
Being able to write well is divided into two large sections
These two main factors are what's going to help you write well in absolutely everything from a birthday card to a school essay. As long as you do it correctly. Mastering to write well and properly takes years of practice, as does everything else in life but just because you're not a professional writer doesn't mean you can't write a well-worded and brilliant piece of writing.
Punctuation? Like full stops n stuff?
Punctuation is different depending on the language. It is called different things and some punctuation are used in different ways.
Wait-- you're not going to say them ALL are you?.0.;
I'm merely going to present the punctuation that are very useful for creating a good piece.
The basics of English punctuation consist of:
. The Full stop.
In American English this is called a Period.
It ends a sentence. It also gives a piece of writing pace: the more full stops, the more the reader has to pause. The choppier a piece becomes. Full stops are good for adding tension. One-three worded sentences add drama, suspense, tension - any emotion you want.
"Where am I?" My hand was frozen. Tense. Cold. The door creaked open. My head whipped up and I gasped, uneasily awaiting an intruder. No one came. Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. It creaked and a voice echoed from behind it. "Die."
A triple full stop.
It reflects the trailing off of a thought or speech. It also reflects a pause while thinking or during speech. This is used for adding drama, suspense, tension, and supports a cliff-hanger or moments of doubt nicely.
E.G. Drama, suspense, tension
"Do you love me?" My eyes welled up and my forehead creased with wrinkles as I watched his expression drop. "You don't love me..." I trailed off, voice disappearing.
'I...I do...' My face lit up.
With ellipsis', it's important not to over use them. If you have a very doubtful/quiet/shy character where using ellipsis' are necessary when they converse, simply find other ways to avoice direct speech.
E.G "Do you love me?"
Frankie's head lowered and he hid behind his bangs. I repeated the question and he sunk lower, as if his attempts would make him disappear altogether.
- En Dash
Something which aids in linking clauses together, kind of like a connective. En Dashes link clauses that are usually on one topic, or train of thought; a similar idea.
E.G I love the rain. It feels good on my skin. Though it hurts sometimes.
as opposed to:
E.G I love the rain. I love cheese. The rain feels good on my skin.
You could say that clauses are simple sentences. You can link them with a connective, comma or dash:
E.G I love the rain because it feels good on my skin - though it hurts sometimes...
The dash is separating the positive clause from the negative clause. It adds a little pause between them, thus enhancing the separation. To add dramatic effect, you could use an Ellipsis at the end of the negative clause to slightly sadden the mood.
En dashes can be used to link positive clauses with positive clauses:
E.G I like it - it's cute!
In this case, it is mostly used to add a pause between the two clauses without using a full stop or comma.
-- Em Dash
A double dash.
Is mostly used as a separator --an interrupter, if you will-- during a train of thought or speech. It literally interrupts sentences before they are complete, hence the interruption idea.
E.G "Why won't you go with me?" I gasped sharply, realising something. "Is it cause of Evan--"
'--that's not it!' Aaron interrupted.
"You're afraid Evan will be there and you won't know how to deal with--"
With En and Em Dashes, it's important not to overuse them. Unlike with full stops it will not add drama and tesnion to your writing. An excessive amount of dashes is unnecessary, eye-straining and boring.
I'll probably add to this if you have any further questions (:
Watch this space!