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.
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Why people sometimes take the wrong path
Dichotomy of Man
This might seem like a boring lecture, but if it gives insight into why characters act the way they do, you will have forever more grounded your stories.
my blog post, Jan 10th, I made a little fun of Alpha Man. In my
research for the post, I connected some anthropological ideas that will today’s
arguments over just what does it mean to be human.
humans, in varying degrees, are studies in contradictions. They are both
fighters and peacemakers, monogamous and not, selfish and sharing, loving and
hateful. Saints make decisions to always stay the course, but that doesn’t mean
they don’t have urges.
are ways of understanding this. Good and evil is a religious aspect of man. You
may have been taught that you are the salt of the earth (spice) and are
the light of the world (discoverers of truth and inventors of change).
paleo-anthropologists posit that man for hundreds of thousands of years, most
of the time on the brink of near extinction, sought out strangers to strengthen
their numbers, sought out multiple partners to increase offspring. About
fifteen thousand years ago things changed. Populations started soaring with the
advent of farming. Fences or borders caused problems and man has been at war
ever since, but he has not forgotten his peaceful routes. Many scientists see a
progressive swing (with bumps along the way) toward civility in all facets of
human nature. I believe we are more good than evil.
your hero, whether he be alpha or beta has these contradictions deep within his
genes and/or soul. So does the heroine. Women and men approach procreation
differently, but that’s a subject for another post.
a nuanced character, means investing in these human contradictions, whether it
be in dialogue, direct or indirect thought, or the environment chosen.
Call me a fool, but shouldn't we be dancing rather than shooting each other?
US Nationals, 2014, Davis and White dance to My Fair Lady