What is a traditional hero? Often in fiction, especially romance, the hero is what is termed an alpha male, which I discussed in last week’s post. The often hypermasculine and overly sexualized characters (male and female) in media, while popular, are becoming cliche.
So what makes a non-traditional hero?
First let’s break down what a hero is and what makes them a hero.
The Alpha Character Archetype gets a lot of hype. Especially in romance, er well in most genres. I personally find it very cliche and it is something I avoid. But why, you ask? Let me explain. The Alpha Character Archetype Most of the time when you mention an alpha male people immediately think of wolves. This is both unfortunate and scientifically incorrect. Wolves do … Read More The Alpha Character Role and Mad Max
I recently stumbled across a post on Tumblr claiming that it is possible to write up a complex plot in a single day. So can you? Short answer. No. A truly complex and layered plot is not something you can whip up in a day of brainstorming. What you can come up with is a premise and basic plot arc. Notice I said basic. … Read More Complex Plotting: It’s Complicated
It’s not far off to say that for the most part a writer’s blood is 90% coffee or some caffeinated beverage. Even Dunkin’ Donuts noticed that writers are among the heaviest coffee drinkers in the industrialized world ranking #4 in their survey. I don’t think that surprises anyone. You know what else fuels writers? Reviews. Coffee might be our life’s blood but reviews are … Read More The Importance of Coffee and Air
So last time we talked about creating multi-dimensional characters and focused on the protagonist of my novel Sorrow’s Fall. This week I’d like to help you look for ways to make your antagonist just as compelling and multi-faceted. After reading my post about Sorrow you are probably wondering what kind of person could possibly be an impediment to him and his goals. That’s a … Read More Let’s Get Complicated Part Two: The Positives of Being a Villain
“The great destroyers of nations and men are comfort, plenty and security. A coward gets scared and quits. A hero gets scared, but still goes on. ” – unknown “We make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars: as if we were villains by necessity; fools by heavenly compulsion.” – William Shakespeare The Owl Heroes rarely surprise us. They … Read More The Owl and the Raven
This week I am very happy to have author Clare Davidson as my guest. Clare is the author of Reaper’s Rhythm. When everyone thinks your sister committed suicide, it’s hard to prove she was murdered. Kim is unable to accept Charley’s sudden death. Crippled by an unnatural amnesia, her questions are met with wall after wall. As she doubts her sanity, she realises her … Read More Guest Post by Clare Davidson: Four books for authors (and why I love them)
My last post explored seasons 1-5 of Supernatural and which characters represented the protagonist in each season. As discussed last time the protagonist is the person with the most to lose in the story line. The one we, the audience, are expected to most identify with on an emotional level. I’d like to also discuss who the antagonist is this time. The antagonist … Read More Protagonist, Antagonist and Just Plain Gonist: Part 2
Before I get started, I want to warn those who might not have watched Supernatural, this post is basically one big long spoiler. As a writer I find Castiel‘s character fascinating and exceedingly complicated. I know some people disagree, I have only to scroll through the 100s of tweets I got earlier this month for confirmation of this. They feel he has no … Read More Protagonist, Antagonist and just plain gonist.
This week I was treated to a massive dose of sanity threatening emotional issues. Some were happening in real life, the rest happened in two of my favorite fandoms. I won’t bore you with my real life issues that involve being pregnant and having to move. However, I was rather surprised by the strength of my reaction to two different story plots. It led … Read More Without You
Or why character backstory is vital to your story. “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” Maya Angelou In preparation for NaNoWriMo, I read numerous blogs about plot and structure and how to do both. What I’ve not seen many writers mention is the need for well thought out characters. Plot is after … Read More Beginnings Always End Something
This is how I remember first meeting Boba Fett. He was mysterious, dangerous and didn’t back down from one of the meanest villains in any genre. It was love at first sight. Then came the prequels. The utter horror and dismay on my part as one of my all time favorite characters was reduced to a mere clone has stuck with me for years … Read More Kill Me Softly