I had intended to post today on helpful chapter one feedback, but much to my dismay, I'm flat out unprepared. So I'm going to be working on that. I hope to have a some really useful info compiled and want to take more time on it.
On to writing the romance.... It has to be one of my fave parts of writing fiction. The ability to create charismatic, sexy characters who don't even know how sexy they are and set them up for love scenes .... mm, mm , mm ... I. Just. Love it. ;)
Now, I know if I can give myself butterflies from reading my own work--it's pretty darn good. And I don't have any trouble saying that, A) because it's so darn fun, and B) because it takes a lot of work and effort on my part. Kind of like baking homemade cookies--always worth it in the end.
So many genres and story styles out there-some of which really have nothing to do with romance or love. However, when the authors sprinkle a little romance in ... oo la la! I just love it.
Which got me thinking, what kinds of characters really turn me on. I think that's what it boils down to. Because you can write romance scenes out the wazoo, but if the characters don't have what it takes to get my blood pulsing ... forgedda bout it! It's part of the reason why the Twilight saga is so popular with readers of all ages. The writing is okay, but the characters of Edward and Jacob get women everywhere swooning. I think the saga makes a great study if you want to learn how to build a swoon-worthy male MCs.
And since I am female and can only truly vouch for male swoon-worthy MCs, I thought I'd share with you a few of my fave. I'm sorry I can't say all of them are literary, but part of what makes a character so knee-weakeningly adorable, is a particular charisma and finesse that's either there, or it isn't. Completely subjective. You may disagree with me there... and that's okay--disagree away in the comments. The fact remains, these characters are my all time fave and will forever have my heart.
Without further ado ....
These are my absolute faves when it comes to male MCs. If you're needing a little inspiration on creating your own compelling (and swoon-worthy) male MC, watch these films, or read the stories (Cold Mountain, Tristan & Isolde) and you'll be sure to find your muse. BTW I'll always have a place in my heart for Mr. Darcy. ;)
Now it's your turn. Tell me who makes you weak in the knees--who melts your butter? Male or female, it doesn't matter. And I don't mean the actors/actresses. I mean the actual characters. Let's hear it, then ....