This could probably be part of a series: how to write male heroes in erotica that’s directed at men. I certainly have plenty of opinions on it, but I’m not feeling quite as ambitious this Sunday evening, so I’ll focus on one particular tip to get us started: if you’re writing for a male audience, don’t make your male hero an asshole. I’ve noticed this mistake in more than a few places, so if you think this tip is obvious, I’d say it bears repeating.
This blog post actually started as a commentary on the alpha male and how I don’t think he works in male-oriented erotic stories, but my reasoning was flawed and my definition of an alpha too narrow (basically, I was equating “alpha male” with “jerk,” and while this is often the case, it’s not always). So the new thesis statement is that the male consumer of erotica probably isn’t going to like your story if they don’t like your protagonist. Let’s analyze why. (more…)