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baseballI’ve begun again. I recently decided to experiment and write an alternate chapter in my book-writing efforts. I wrote it from my hero’s point of view, and wow, what a difference that has made! I think what I’m writing is better from his point of view. One chapter in his voice has since grown into two. I’ve been alternating POV from heroine to hero. I’m not sure if the final version will stay that way, but I’m having fun with it at present.

My hero has long been my favorite character. He’s a High School pitcher. I keep writing because he calls to me. He’s the character I care the most about, and he’s the character I take the most care with. He’s the character I can’t forget. I have his personality firmly established and I’m fleshing out what drives him. It’s interesting that looking at my fictional world through his eyes is also making me write better lines and situations for my heroine.

I’ve set aside the massive tome I was working on because it never seemed to end. It had a loose plot, but it wandered and was definitely more than one story. I’ve opened a whole new project in Scrivener, my writing software. I’ve been incorporating in parts and pieces of the chapters from my first effort, and the characters and places remain the same.

I’m enjoying building the hero’s world.  He was more two dimensional in my previous effort. Now he has a rich history and world of his own. He has a rowdy group of buddies that have been fun to write about, too. I’ve even enjoyed writing about his classic car.

Most romantic novels are written with female protagonists and from a female’s perspective. We get to hear her innermost thoughts. She drives the major plot lines. There aren’t too many stories written from a guy’s viewpoint. I know Meyer (Twilight) and James (Fifty Shades) have tried it recently. I hear their efforts weren’t very good. I’m hoping mine is better. My hero is not a wimp like Edward Cullen nor is he a sociopath like Christian Grey.

I think one of the reasons why the male character is easier for me to write is because I live with men. It’s also been a good forty years since I was a teenaged girl. I have more recent experience with teenaged boys. I know how they think and how they feel.

I’m not abandoning my original work. It will get used. I’m just making the beginning part of it better. I know now that it takes a man to do that.

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