I confess. I fall in love a lot.
In the last year, I've fallen in love with four guys. The first three were named Jack, Julian and Jordan and then I read Clarissa's hilarious post about how "there are 26 letters in the alphabet, why as writers do we tend to get stuck on two?" (Insert big laugh.)
So the fourth was named Beau.
I'm talking about the male leads in my books, of course.
Naturally, I love my main characters. They're typically amalgams of females I've known, characters from movies or books, women I've interviewed, my imagination... And then I put them in tough situations and see how they get out.
But there's always a fellow there. And how can you not fall in love with him?
He's usually an amalgam of guys I've known or interviewed, characters from books or movies, my imagination...
Sometimes he's not interested in my MC (Jack) or he's interested but something's keeping them apart (Julian) or she's completely out of his league and he doesn't even try (Jordan).
Or he's in her league and does one great thing after another for her, but she refuses to let him help her or involve him deeper in her problems (Beau).
I'd like to think I'm not alone here. I mean, don't you have to fall in love with your main characters to write a compelling story? Or is this all a function of the type of stories I write. (YA)
Perhaps if I were a male (or still a female) writing action-packed fantasy or mystery-thriller novels, I'd think of my MC as more the idealized version of me or someone cool I'd like to hang out with...
I don't know. I'd probably still fall in love with them. But that's just me.
I'd love to hear about your MCs--are you in love with them or are you just good friends? You think this is all a function of genre? Is it possible to write a good story and not fall in love with your MCs?
Have a great week, guys~