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).
THE ROMANTIC NOVELIST
Having temporarily run out of Male POV ideas, I'm blogging about things that will get you rejected by an agent or editor.
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.
Disclaimer: Henry VIII's choice of murder to susposedly solve his problems was both misguided and immoral. I publish his words out of a love of words as they were written or spoken. As in all historical romances, a properly researched story both in tone and times goes a long way.
12/31/2012 IF EVER THERE WAS AN ALPHA MALE WITH A FATAL FLAW
A love letter from Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn (2nd
Mine own sweetheart, these shall be to advertise you of the
great loneliness that I find here since your departing, for I ensure you
methinketh the time longer since your departing now last than I was wont to do
a whole fortnight: I think your kindness and my fervents of love causeth it,
for otherwise I would not have thought it possible that for so little a while
it should have grieved me, but now that I am coming toward you methinketh my
pains been half released…. Wishing myself (specially an evening) in my
sweetheart’s arms, whose pretty dukkys I trust shortly to kiss. Written with
the hand of him that was, is, and shall be yours by his will.*
*I interpret this as a sign of the divine right of Kings in
which Henry, in love, also suggests that their relationship is by his will. He
signs Henry Rex to hammer the point (IMO). To say Henry was passionate is understatement,to say he became a homicidal maniac drunk on power is accurate.
Another unusual fact I discovered when researching for my
young Robin and Marian story:In 1510,
Henry and 11 nobles sneaked into Catherine of Aragon’s chamber disguised as Robin
Hood and his men. He also put on Robin Hood plays in the open air at Greenwich.
THE TWELVE DELAYS OF CHRISTMAS was read by it's author, Orin Parker, before our weekly critique group.
THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS by Orin Parker, 2012
On the first day of Christmas my true love said to me
My darling, go buy us a nice Christmas tree
On the second day of Christmas my true love said to me
Please pick up two sets of bulbs And dear, don't forget the tree
On the third day of Christmas, my true love said to me
I’ll need three strings of lights The two sets of bulbs . . . And, love, the tree
On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love instructed me
Bring me four plastic angels And the three strings of light The two sets of bulbs And, Husband, remember—buy the tree
On the fifth day of Christmas, she raised her voice at me
I’ll need five golden bows Four plastic angels Three strings of light Two sets of bulbs
And . . . go get the tree
On the sixth day of Christmas, my wife glared at me
I need six sprigs of holly Five golden bows Four plastic angels Three strings of lights Two sets of bulbs Maybe you don’t know where to find a tree?
On the seventh day of Christmas, wifey punched me
I’ll require seven garland wreaths Six sprigs of holly Five golden bows Four plastic angels Three strings of lights Two sets of bulbs And get off your butt and find a tree
On the eighth day of confusion, my true love turned off the tv
I want eight tinkling bells Seven garland wreaths You-who six sprigs of holly Five golden bows Four plastic angels Three strings of light Two sets of bulbs Go buy, cut down or steal a tree
On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love went berserk on me
Listen to me: get nine books of stamps Eight tinkling bells Seven garland wreaths Six sprigs of holly Five golden bows Four plastic seals Three strings of light Two sets of bulbs You can sleep in a thorn tree
On the tenth day of Christmas, my true-pain put me out and took my key
At the door she shouted: in ten minutes I want every thing on that list. See? Oh ah maybe she wanted ah ten minutes?? Nine pounds of holly? Eight plastic pumpkins Six no seven laser pointers Six golden mistletoes Five tulip bulbs Four Judy Garland ablums Three airmail stamps Two tinker bells And get the cat out of the tree??
On the eleventh day of Christmas, trully mad she screamed: this is not our cat, ho---ney
But I also brought home eleven crates containing Ten Judy Garlands, yey!? Nine outdoor lights Eight silver bowls Seven sidewinder missiles Six fresh baked bagels Five large light bulbs Four jack-o-lanterns Three frosted donuts Two pumpkin pies And an artificial palm tree
On the twelfth day of Christmas, she let me watch tv
But cursed me with twelve strange words
Then she took back the eleven crates Traveling ten extra miles Scouring nine crowded stores To find eight decorations With only seven hours left Before our six relatives arrived In their five Chevrolets Bringing four lousy fruitcakes Three noisy kids Arguing over two candy canes
But we ate partridge by the palm and tv
I’m glad she returned the sidewinders. Merry Christmas.
Slight abridging and edits by RW Richard
IT'S A WONDEFUL LIFE, 1946 . . . An Angel gets his wings . . .
When in doubt, while writing a scene, showcase the kind of
hero’s assets which attract the heroine. Be mindful of the story, characters’,
and scene arcs.
(taking charge//always improving)
Besides a handsome
face and good physique, this top ten list is useful in constructing a hero’s
character. It’s hard to show in the course of a novel all of these traits,
especially if you have a bad boy on your hands. But, this list represents what
women look for most. When they read they want their fantasy man to have these
It’s the same for
guys. I enjoy a heroine more if she has similar qualities.
The airport scene, Casablanca:
Now, strickly speaking, this isn't a romance or is it? Can love trump war? Michael Walsh wrote the sequel for Warner Brothers. As Time Goes By, published Aug. 1, 1999. I found this 'happy ending' and enjoyable read while in a cruise ship's library.
Your hero should have flaw(s), but shouldn’t he also have
Suppose your hero is embarrassed to be seen naked*, even
though he’s God’s gift to womankind. *Change to any quirk you like (fear of spiders,
heights, claustrophobic, etc.).
These idiosyncrasies are memorable, as in; it will stay with
Besides your hero being great at what he does, take Linus in
the movie Sabrina, shouldn’t he have another talent? Give him a passion for
something and let him do it or experience it really well. Or let the heroine introduce him to it.
This harkens back to the Renaissance man I have talked
about, but he could also have been a star football player or particularly sly
at Baccarat. I recall James Bond and his affectations for and in depth understanding of the finer things. He
dresses to the nines in the midst of battle and perhaps is a little in love
with his suit and cuffs.