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.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
A hero who plows straight ahead, October 13, 2013
Your hero takes a surprising turn.
Does your hero walk straight
ahead? If so, he’s not a real man. Heroes (and heroines) must adjust to
circumstances. It’s better if the character arcs have stops and starts, up and
downs, not necessarily scene by scene. A story that is too smooth is boring,
monotonous. For instance, a couple may have decided on principle to wait until
they’re married but sometimes the plot or circumstances draw them into each
other’s arms before they say I do. The complications resulting from their ‘compromise’
is a story in itself. We’re here to entertain not make stereotypes or stick
figures as stiff as cardboard.
I see this type of writing as Baroque art: The Baroque is a period of artistic style that used exaggerated motion and clear, easily interpreted details to produce drama, tension, exuberance, and grandeur in sculpture, painting, architecture, literature, dance, and music. (Started in Rome around 1600 . . .)
Try not to create your hero like this guy did using dead parts from here and there.