WRITING YAOIA Lesson by Dayami-chan
So you've got your plot, you've got your pairing, you've got your scene, the rest bubbles down to your WRITING SKILLS.
HOW TO WRITE YAOI ~Dayami-chan
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!
Added on July 5, 2011
Last Updated on July 5, 2011
London, Essex, United Kingdom
AboutI've been writing YAOI / Boy's Love for almost 5 years now and hope to go further with it. I'd like to be published in a magazine, novel, or even assist in writing a boy's love visual novel. I just..