This blog is for educational purposes (although I feel like I learn just as much from your comments). Dig into the male POV (point of view) for hero and supporting cast, for good guys, bad and inbetween. Find gems or alternate ways of writing male POV.
When I give an opinion, it will be based first on scientific research (I was a research scientist).
Typically, I present videos from YouTube to bolster the point.
Bob (RW Richard) aka THE ROMANTIC NOVELIST
Ask a male author about your male character traits or thoughts.
Amazon links to my stories: Autumn Breeze, A More Perfect Union, Double Happiness, The Wolves of Sherwood Forest, Neanderthals and the Garden of Eden can be found down the right side of the blog.
A friend of mine told me I’d have to be gay to be any good
at writing romance.
“You’d have to be gay to watch guys in tight clothing
tackling each other for three or four hours straight, very straight [you’d be],”
So there we were arguing during a moving moment of Project
Runway. You know, I would have liked to hear what Austin Scarlet had to say
about Mondo Guerra.
In previous posts, I talked about renaissance men, artists,
and men who have harnessed both sides of their brain, imagine that.
Hemmingway wrote ‘write what you know’ and if female writers
took his dictum too literally they’d never write male POV.
We ‘know’ through our common experiences and a good dose of
empathy. We become nearly telepathic in understanding the opposite sex and we
make up fantastic creatures that people can identify with.
Yes, we all make mistakes with the opposite sex, but that
too finds its way into our writing.
I thought I had a story to tell when I wrote my first novel
about people who lived 100,000 years ago and their wolf friends. I wasn’t
there, but I nailed it with a ton of the latest scientific research and common
sense. So we write what we know or are about to know.
When I started with RWA San Diego I entered the Spring Into
Romance contest and placed in the middle of a bunch of women (I assume). This year
I tied for fifth. So I write what I know by association with my loving chapter
mates, all the great writers at the chapter, the courses, and talks offered. I
think finishing fifth demonstrates that I can write romance.
Okay, I wasn’t really watching Project Runway with a male
friend. Most guys have a hard time understanding art as it is applied and
showcased in it’s many forms (I love that show). The most beautiful form for me being the human
female followed by my dogs of course.
In the June 2012 addition of RWR (which also stands for
Robert W. Richard) Nancy Gideon wrote an excellent article on POV. At one point
she writes, “Men’s dialogue and thoughts are sparse, women’s descriptive and
Well I don’t know what to say or think.
I get where she’s coming from. Editors expect delivered to
them this tradition. I decided to ask Einstein if he didn’t speak much or
think. He wasn’t available. In a previous blog of mine I postulated (this is a rebellious
blog site FYI) that when a man isn’t talking (much) he’s thinking. To be fair
we all think while we talk. So I’ll grant you that women speak more. It’s a well-studied
and statistical fact. In my experience, men do a whole lot of thinking. I’d hazard
to guess men think as much as women (dare they). Ask me, I might not say much,
but I am surely thinking about something, perhaps that Hockey final.
Don’t go changing your manuscripts. Romance is read
primarily by women and your editor is the boss. On the other hand, wouldn’t
your readers like to get (on) in the head of some hunk? Someday however stand
up for your lettered Renaissance man.
If you’d like to see men translating their interior monologue
into speech you should catch last night’s episode of The Bachelorette. It’s a
classic for this purpose and if you know Emily Maynard and her six-year-old
daughter, well, carry a hanky. For those romance authors who don’t like The Bachelorette
or Bachelor I humbly recommend it as a treasure trove of dialogue, and interior
Finishing with a funny: Jennifer Aniston loves the Bachelor/ette
but starred in a spoof of it called Burning Love.
Jennifer Aniston Makes Hilarious Appearance In ‘The Bachelor’ Spoof