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Sunday, March 20, 2016

The Little Nash Rambler

I write, therefore I am.

I’m running out of ideas for how to portray the male POV in fiction.


I published the first (acceptable) 101 blog posts as 101 Tips, Primarily on Writing the Male Characters. I know I can get out 101 more and am more than half-way, but then I’ll either say goodbye to this premise and blog or change its focus. Some men stop and ask for directions. I stop and ask for your advice.

I want to thank my mostly professional RWA women and some men for their support of this blog. For those who are curious about blog effectiveness I can offer my own numbers.

1. I get between 100 to 600 hits a week. I don’t know how to compare this to other blogs, but I’m happy in my own little world.

2. The blog is partially responsible for a Harlequin editor requesting a full manuscript of A More Perfect Union, a somewhat tongue in (cute) cheek, satirical romance in which the male and female nominees for President of the U.S. fall in love.

Okay, Bob; what about the male POV?

Not too many romance authors write male professors or scientists as their heroes because they aren’t typically Alphas. A sensitive, introspective man is better equipped (or educated) to solve the world’s problems, but what about divining a woman’s heart? In sculpting this problem, lies the fun. Are they more likely to be attuned to the feminine mystique or will an arc of story/character-question be your technique?

I’m not always going to suggest you try something different (like a Beta hero). You may be under contract to publish cowboy stories, etc., and that’s great because the truth to any story, no matter how many times and variations in which it is told, is in the development of a character the reader will fall in love with. The development is always unique, but is it unforgettable? You might consider toying with a little role reversal in a character trait or two. More of that next week.

So what is the little Nash Rambler? A song, yes. A way of writing or blogging by rambling, perhaps. A way of looking at male characters in a different light, yes.
The Little Nash Rambler is better known as Beep Beep, by the Playmates, 1958. The song is an example of accelerando, in which the tempo of the song gradually increases throughout the song. So goes some romance fiction, if you can picture that. So my fellow writer, can you get your writing out of second gear?
Beep Beep: (If this doesn't click open go to YouTube and search for the song and click on the video with a million+ hits.);_ylt=A0SO80LXE.9W2WMArgxXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEydWMxZXJyBGNvbG8DZ3ExBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDQjE3OTJfMQRzZWMDc2M-?p=beep+beep+song&

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