Selected works on the writing and reading of fiction, especially M/M fiction (including M/M romance, M/M erotica and gay literature). Recommended works are starred.

*Eighner, Lars. Elements of Arousal: How to Write and Sell Gay Men’s Erotica. 1994.

*Kovalin, Val. How to Write Sexy Descriptions and Sex Scenes: A guide to writing male-female and male-male sex scenes. December 31, 2011. VK-Now Books. Kindle Edition. This short work is an incredibly valuable resource. As an avid reader as well as a writer of male-male sex scenes, I laughed until I cried with recognition over the many clichés and common pitfalls to avoid. The book is good on the positive end, too, with good suggestions about how to keep the reader in the scene and experience it with all their senses. Noted Fri, 30 Sep 2016 (17:10).

*Lyons, Jeff. Anatomy of a Premise Line: How to Master Premise and Story Development for Writing Success. Focal Press; 1 edition (June 5, 2015). Noted Wed, 05 Apr 2017 (23:55).

*Lanyon,  Josh. Man, Oh Man: Writing Quality M/M Fiction. July 4, 2013. JustJoshin Publishing, Inc. I read the Kindle version, so the formatting was a little inconsistent and strange, but the book is a valuable resource, incorporating interviews from publishers, readers and best-selling authors of M/M fiction, romance, erotica and gay literature. Noted Thu, 25 Aug 2016 (12:37).

*Truby, John. The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller. Oct 14, 2008. Screenwriting guru John Truby has attempted to distill his wisdom and experience into a weighty volume which analyzes story on a level not usually found in books on how to write fiction. Noted Fri, 02 Sep 2016 (12:58).

*Weiland, K.MCreating Character Arcs: The Masterful Author’s Guide to Uniting Story Structure, Plot, and Character Development (Helping Writers Become Authors Book 7). October 28, 2016. An incredibly useful book which (when you get the patience to work through the hundreds of questions) will reward you with a very deep understanding of your character’s journey in your novel—and some insights about your own life to boot! Noted Tue, 31 Jan 2017 (15:03).