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, June 8, 2014
PIECE OF MY HEART
to RIAA (the Recording Industry of America) the vast majority of songs are bought
by both sexes close to 50/50 throughout life (2/3rds of the songs are bought between 10 and 45 years and 1/3rd
after age 45). I have yet to discover the exact number, but I think you’ll agree
that a substantial majority of songs deal with facets of love, dating,
relationships or itslack.
novels make up about 50% of books sold and male readers comprise conservatively 10% of
the market. So why do males buy love songs but not romance novels? Are
we doing something wrong?
Day is coming up, so under the cover of celebration, I'll suggest that for the 90% of men who don't normally read romances, but try one, it's a chore. It’s not only the more direct
way we think (on the average), it’s the visuals we enjoy and the lack of progression in summarized
thought we don't. We need arc.
guys hate nagging. What is nagging, if not going over and over and over again
the same point? Guys don’t want to read novels that belabor the point or worse.
novels, no matter the genre, all have one thing in common. They hold your
interest with an engaging intensity. Just like a song, they show you the way, grip you and take you for a ride.
So...guys buy love songs but not so many romance novels. They've not suddenly stopped
loving the women in their lives. How can we write better romances that will
retain our gal fans and pick up more guys? It's like celebrating Father's Day. Any dad wants to be shown love as if he was the hero of a great romance novel.
Janis Joplin, PIECE OF MY HEART, 1968
Next week, on Father's Day, I'll be interviewing a fellow author. He, Richard Brawer, writes mysteries. Let's give him a warm welcome. See you then.