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Sunday, February 28, 2016
Alpha Males and Space
By space, I mean the world the alpha lives in and uses to
his advantage. If you’re writing alpha males, you need show this, especially at
the beginning of their arc.
As an example, let’s reflect on something most of us have
experienced. We get married and then must learn to live with each other’s (silly)
habits. Naturally, an alpha male, who knows all, sees his mate’s actions as
inferior to his own. He then feels compelled to teach her how to do it right,
which can lead to arguments. Most young couples have small kitchens and get in
each other’s way. The woman recognizes this but also sees the advantage of
intimacy. The alpha will be aggravated until he becomes civilized and begins to
see the world through his lover’s/wife’s eyes. Hopefully, all this can be
worked out during courtship.
The Lord of the manor yearns to be king.
Does your hero order for both at a restaurant, not consult
on where to go on the next date, talk about himself and his aspirations or does
he listen, enjoy and support her?
What about alphas who have a strong religious or moral code?
The heroine must conform to their way of thinking. Somehow they see last the
humanity of the other, in this case, the object of their desire.
These aren’t generally neatniks but more likely control
enthusiasts. They don’t care about the things around them as long as the things
help them achieve dominance. That is, everything is there for them.
Food for thought: In many Romantic comedies on TV or in the
movies the heroine rejects this type of male in favor of someone more loving.
In many romance novels, the heroine tolerates and decides to change the Alpha
or decides he will change after falling desperately for her. There is no right
and wrong way here. Don’t be lured by the everybody-does-it-that-way argument.
For no particular reason other than education on alphas and that the following song makes my wife laugh: Justin Bieber, 2016, Sorry