Writing the Male Point of View

I’ve got a release coming out in September called Wasteland. It’s written in first person, male point of view.

You might be thinking, But you’re a chick, how can you write male point of view? I guess we’ll find out if you think I can write the male point of view effectively after my book releases, won’t we? ☺

 

 

                           

Guest column by Lynn Rush, author of Wasteland (Sept. 2011;  Crescent
Moon Press), a paranormal romance. Lynn  began her writing career in
2008. She has both an undergraduate and graduate degree in the mental
health field and has enjoyed applying that unique knowledge to developing
unique characters. See her author website or find her on Twitter.

 

But seriously, I didn’t go into it blindly. The key is research. That can come from daily living, reading, internet, people watching, etc. For me, it came from all of those and more.

I have a Master’s Degree in mental health therapy, and while I’m no longer using it in a clinical setting, what I learned through six years of school comes in handy when writing characters. I’ve taken classes on how to understand men—specifically marital classes, too. I love the concept of men looking through blue glasses whereas girls look through pink glasses. (Love and Respect)

But how do you write that? Here are a few things I kept in mind while writing Wasteland:

— I’ve read stats that women say 20,000 words per day compared to men speaking only 7,000 per day. Just because they’re not talking out loud, doesn’t mean things are silent inside. So, there’s a bit more introspection with male leads. Though, you need to make sure it comes in short bursts, but that’s a whole ‘nother post.

— Men are more sight driven. Yep, what they see sticks in their minds. So, when writing a male POV, you’re going to be seeing a lot more. Come on, though, there are still feelings and thoughts going on, too, but most are stimulated by the sight of something.

[How to choose a point of view for your novel.]

— Details are not a male’s best friend. For the most part, men are not detail oriented. They tend to think big picture. That’s important to keep in mind when writing a male character. They aren’t going to detail how many inches above the girl’s knees her skirt is or what brand it is, only that he sees miles of sexy, long legs. It can help create some interesting situations, right?

— If you’re a female reading this, has there ever been a time when you were sharing a heartache or hardship with the male in your life, and he just wanted to fix it when all you wanted was a hug and to be told how special you are? Instead he started giving suggestions on how to remedy the situation … Did that just bug you to no end? Well, that’s part of how men tick. They’re more logically driven. Want to fix things.

— Then there’s the whole sex thing—You know I had to bring it up since I write romance novels, right? *grin* Men connect more with physical touch whereas woman connect better emotionally. That opens the door to a plethora of interesting situations throughout a story.

I could go on, but those are a few things to keep in mind when writing a male character. What suggestions do you have that might help write a stronger, more accurate male character?

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89 thoughts on “Writing the Male Point of View

  1. C.L.Andrews

    Lynn, I wanted to share with you my experience. I grew up in a household full of testosterone. With three brothers, and mainly male influences, I had little experience with the female perspective. My Mother was a hard worker who didn’t share her emotional side much. In school many of my most trusted friends were male because I enjoyed that they spoke what was on their mind, were not catty and didn’t like to gossip. I grew up identifying with the male perspective, so much that there were times I questioned my own biology. The man who claimed that females should not venture into the territory of writing the male perspective had me thinking. Are there really that many people in the world ignorant when it comes to fiction and gender stereotypes? No one has ever been a dragon or an elf before but people have written from their perspective.
    I have been writing from the male perspective for 10 years in various forums and with other writers. I have been mistaken for being a man even though I am female. Perhaps those who would not trust a female writing from a male’s perspective also wouldn’t trust a person who was transgendered to be telling the truth about themselves. It’s very disappointing to see. Writing is about challenging ourselves to envision something beyond what we have experienced.

  2. barnowl

    I think you are wrong in the assumption that there is any kind of dichotomy in POV.

    I’m a straight male elementary school teacher – I tend to break the “male point of view” mold in many ways. I think what we really have is an incredibly complex system of individual perspectives that, at their most basic, are “human” rather than defined by our gender, race, age, or orientation. The supposed differences between men and women, boys and girls (that go beyond biological) are, in my view, social constructs. Everything I’ve read that involves sociology, psychology, and most importantly neurology, tell me not to teach boys and girls as though they have different brains – in fact they do not.

    So, applying that to POV should actually make it that much easier to write from the other gender’s point of view – really, you only need to write from a human point of view and the rest is personality and character! Everything I’ve experienced in my life points toward differences between men and women being biological only. Those biological differences are extremely important! And yes, they very much do affect our character – but I would put it to you that human beings deal with their biological differences in complex ways, and that may be more what you’re seeing when you people watch.

    Finally, I would challenge you to write from the hermaphrodite or transsexual point of view.

    1. aprildc

      As a female elementary school teacher, I respectfully disagree. I noticed many differences between young girls and boys, and I do not believe they are merely “social constructs”. Obviously there are those who do not fit the stereotypical behavior, such as yourself; but in general, there are behaviors that are typically female or male. In fact, my best friend works with monkeys. She has found in her primate studies, that young males and young females act in ways we usually think of as “male” and “female”. These distinctions are not taught by “society”. They are neurological. Even human science has shown these general differences. I agree with Ms. Rush in her assessment.

  3. hollandlutz

    Hey Lynn! Thank you so much for your article. Can’t wait to read your book.

    I’m a young writer and have always wanted to write from a male perspective. I have two brothers so I hope I will not fail miserably because recently I have been writing more from a male POV. My worst nightmare is for him to turn out to be a girly man. He’s in the army so that wouldn’t be the best! 🙂 I usually have a male character in my stories anyway so this is a great way to practice. I’ve also found that my favorite books are usually from a male POV so that may be a sign that that’s the way to go.

    Thanks again!

  4. Biblical

    Great article Lynn.
    I love writing from the male pov because most of my best friends have been guys and when I was growing up the females I knew I didn’t like very much because they always criticized others, complained, they were meddlesome, noisey, bossy, controlling that is why when I wrote my first novel the hero’s wife was in a comma because I didn’t wan’t to write female pov but of course she insisted on coming out of the comma and took up half of the book. I haven’t known any males who exhibited the characteristics these females
    had so if you’re male has those qualities he probably won’t fit the mold.
    While it is true that men always want to fix things and need to be doing something in order that they may feel useful but they don’t handle being sick well or sick people. It is also true that men think about sex approximately every 8 seconds that is why they can’t ever not look at a female’s breast or the rest of her figure
    so if you’re writing a male pov and there’s a female around there has to be a lot of introspection about her body not so much about what she is wearing but how she looks in the apparel. Males also to need to be needed but they don’t do well with females who are clingy.

  5. juliamartins

    Hi Lynn,

    Thank you so much for your opinions, I am currently trying to write a male character, and these have helped a lot… However, I am also doing a report for school, on writing from the opposite-gender-perspective, and I was wondering if you’d have time to answer a few questions?

    Thank you so much,

    Julia

  6. JimJones

    In a word… Don’t. Women cannot write from a male perspective. Not well enough to pass. You can fake it, but it invariably comes across as just that; fake. Especially to a straight male readership. Neither do I believe that males can write effectively from a female viewpoint for any audience but a male one.
    As an example, the only author of note that comes to mind is Stephen King and “Gerald’s Game” (as well as a couple others of his works, the titles of which momentarily escape me) in which the protagonist is a female. As a male reader, it worked well for me, but I highly doubt that there is a single female reader who didn’t need to exercise great powers of “suspension of disbelief” to buy into it. Males, on the other hand have no problem with it, if only because they don’t know what is missing. So; written from a male perspective for a female readership: possibly; for a male readership: forgedaboudit!

    I will admit to a certain level of disdain for female authors who attempt to write from a male perspective who compound their mistake by using an androgenous or male nom de plume. It is nothing more than an insult to my intelligence. And no, using initials only usually doesn’t work either.

    Be honest with yourself, and your readership, and never ever try to be something that you’re not.

    On reflection, there may be one single female author who could pull it off: Dick Francis’ wife, who is rumoured to have ghost-written his work. But then again, they’re British, and the British are just plain ol’ different.

    1. Yelp

      What an absolute load of codswallop Jim. The talent/power of a writer comes from the ability to observe and to inhabit, not to have lived every perspective of their character literally. By your reckoning, how is a female writer with a male point of view any different to a black writer with a white POV, a heterosexual author with a gay narrator? There are so many examples – Anne Tyler, SE Hinton (your disdain of the deliberately misleading author name noted). In fact, why even have opposite gender characters in books at all if authors can only write from their own gender’s perspective?

  7. Patricia Hamill

    Hello Lynn,

    Thanks for sharing your advice on writing from a male’s point of view. My mother and I just finished a book together where the main character is a 12 year old boy and the story is written in first person point of view.

    It was quite a challenge for me to write in first person because I’m used to reading books that are written in third person. However, thinking about your advice compared to our approach to the male point of view, I think we may just have gotten it right. In fact, I think I would have more trouble writing from a female’s perspective because I feel like more of a tomboy.

    One of my goals this year is to try to get our story published. Posts like yours are excellent resources and well appreciated.

  8. Paul Stanner

    Dear Lynn :

    What you are doing is easy. I am re-writing 5,000 years of Chinese history and mythology from the viewpoint of an American English Teacher in China. I know what you’re thinking ” My God how arrogant of him. ” Well that may be but the fact of the matter is they’ve had 5,000 years to get it right and they keep screwing it up. Don’t worry it has a happy ending.

    I’m looking forward to reading you ” Male ” viewpoint.

    Paul

    http://www.klevelandkrackerkorner.com/spaced-teacher-vs-the-yellow-knights-of-the-hanazee.html

    http://www.klevelandkrackerkorner.com/the-jardeen-roses-of-li-tan.html

  9. MDConway

    I’ve experimented with male POV, but the majority of my writing is female. I find that way easier because I am a girl and know the nature of real girls, whereas if I were to write with a male POV a lot of what I wrote would probably end up being stereotypical.

    As for WASTELAND, I’ve been gradually becoming more and more interested in it as I learn more about it. I still haven’t picked it up due to lack of money, but I really hope to read it in the near future. It’s been a while since I read a book with a male POV.

    – Megan
    meganconwy@gmail.com

  10. S Neal

    In regards to your comment about writing the male point of view, I too, enjoy writing from that angle. Don’t ask me why. Something hidden drives me. I remember what Judith Guest had said when asked about her writing from the male view point. She responded simply by saying men also feel. They have emotions. These things are not privy to women. Men just handle them differently, just as you, Lynn, have pointed out clinically. I look forward to reading your book! srconundrum@gmail.com

  11. Siegel

    Hello, I’m a student and I’m hoping to one day become a journalist, or an author. Even though i’m only 14 my mom says I’m pretty good. I write short stories, and every now and then I write one from a male’s POV just becasue it’s a good excercise for me… and it’s fun. Anyways, just wanted to say this article really helped me, and I hope to read your book! Thanks!

      1. Biblical

        Congratulations!!! Siegel, keep at it. I started writing my first of six novels when I was your age and writing from a male point of view will not only help you with writing but in life when you start dating and in business because in the business world you need to think like a guy. You might also want to consider a writers group for teens.
        I know my workshop sponsors one maybe your area might have one. You’re way ahead of the game because you’re starting your writer’s journey so young by the way if you haven’t read “The Writer’s Journey” every writer should read it if you want to improve your craft.

  12. jcmartin

    Loved this article! Just finished my manuscript, which is in 1st person, male. Very true that men will internalise all their emotions rather than revealing how they feel. My MC also seems to fight the urge to deck people quite a bit…;)

  13. chilo

    Excatly! There are men who are able to get inside just enough to write the woman’s POV. The same goes for women writing men POV. It was stated before that as long as it makes sense in your story, there shouldn’t be a problem. However, it doesn’t hurt to do some research and observations. You will see how men and women respond to situations and that is what needs to be shown in the story.

  14. Beth Mac

    I’m glad you did your research, but why is it that people wonder about a woman writing a man’s POV, but they don’t mind a man writing a woman’s POV? I can think of some pretty pathetic attempts by men who wrote otherwise excellent novels, but failed miserably in the department of adding a bit of womanly perspective. (Oh, if they had only done their research! Lol.)

  15. Lyr

    Even though I am a female, I’ve always found it easier to identify with the male mindset as far as “fixing things” and avoiding overly emotional situations. That said, it’s always great to get a little more perspective on how guys actually think. I really liked the comment on dialogue, and how men tend to keep more of their thoughts to themselves. Also, I agree with the lack of details found in the male consciousness. My guy friend failed to notice when his girlfriend chopped ten inches of hair off, but somehow noticed a new poster in the hallway! Sometimes the difference in priorities can be a bit of a quagmire.

    Satoire_black_prince@yahoo.com

  16. jldela

    great take on male POV.

    Working on a romance novel, I find I have to work hard to do the female POV and I’m female!

    I spent my career in engineering, working for & with men, so the male dialogue is somewhat easier for me.

    A further comment, when men do talk about their problems or feelings, they usually do it side by side, not facing each other. They do not want to look at each other.

    1. LynnRush

      That is a really good point. It’s called shoulder-to-shoulder time. You’re right. Women are geared toward face-to-face talking. Great point to bring up. I often try and write the males talking when they’re doing activities. ((or beating each other up as you’ll see in Wasteland)) Or looking out over the desert, arms crossed…anything to limit the eye contact. And most eye contact is brief unless it’s a “challenge” which in the demonic world (in my book) is a challenge and usually leads to bloodshed or death. Thanks for commenting. There are quite a few things we could add to the list….maybe I’ll be able to come back for a part two…. 🙂

  17. chilo

    I just read your tips on writing from a male perspective. Men do tend to want to fix things but, have a lot going on in their heads. Sometimes what they think does not make sense to women because we don’t “talk men”. I am working on a novel with a teenage male perspective. I haven always found it interesting that when I write the male character, I make sure he tells what he sees without disclosing much. It is the actions that speak louder: the way he puts his arm around his girl, the way he plays ball, the way he interact with his friends. Friends are important in a story with a male POV. They are not afraid to crush whereas women tend to be catty and chatty.

    1. LynnRush

      Great question. I hadn’t ever thought of that, no. Hopefully things aren’t hindered too much my a girl’s name on the cover. Maybe it’ll pique interest to see if I can write male POV, right? 🙂 LOL

      Thanks for stopping by!

  18. jjohnsontate

    Thank you for the validation! I’ve been writing quite a bit from the male POV in my series of novels and I’ve been focusing on vision and touch.

    I entered a contest recently through Romance Writers of America and included a scene from my first hero’s POV where he noticed the heroine’s sister’s cleavage, thinking to himself it wasn’t as fine as the woman he was falling in love with. One of the judges went ballistic over it, saying it implied he wanted a threesome (really?!) and readers wouldn’t like a hero who would do that. I asked my husband of 23 years, explaining that part of the story. He said, “Honey, I have to admit, if you had a sister, I would look at her rack. It’s what guys do. We’re pigs. You were right.” I left the bit, but added he realized he’d have to be more discrete in the future.

    Hilarious, huh? I’d love to read your novel and put it on my list. Best of luck! jjohnsontate (at) aol (dot) com

    1. LynnRush

      Isn’t it amazing how people interpret stories differently? Where I wouldn’t view him looking at the sister’s cleavage as a desire for a threesome, some would. That continues to amaze me. Just like some people who will read Wasteland won’t like it and some will. The industry is so subjective. We can only do the best we can do, right? 🙂 That’s funny your husband called himself a pig. I laughed out loud when I read that. LOL. Not pigs, just wired for the visual things. 🙂

  19. aloewen

    Hi Lynn,
    Thanks for a most insightful article, I just bookmarked it! I write children’s fiction, and yet, several of your points are particularly useful for me. Right now I am working on a YA story, and while the protagonist is female, your tips will help me better craft the dialogue of the male characters, and hopefully lead to more authentic conversations between all the characters. Thanks again!

    Alexandra
    alexandraloewen1 at gmail dot com

  20. Melissa

    Great article. I’ve read manuscripts that have disturbingly “female-acting” male characters, but it’s hard to always put your finger on what makes the male character decided feminine. I will be sharing this.

  21. Dimea

    I’m joining the group saying this came with almost perfect timing. I’m writing (my first ever anything) fantasy with two male leads and one female, and have been struggling with their voices – even more so when I’m now in the editing process. They sound, think and act vay too much alike,…

    Good thing that advise like this are not language-specific – I write in Swedish for most part, though some things come easier in English for some strange reason. Perhaps because I read much in English 😉

    Thank you!

    sivekman at gmail dot com

  22. raydeen219

    the ‘fixing’ thing is totally true… sometimes a woman just wants to talk and air it out… but really.. guys don’t do the talking thing…

    i find i tend to read part of my WIP and think.. whoa there… WAY TOO wordy 😀

    thanks for the great article

  23. Jamilah56

    I’ve written five novels from a male perspective–some were from multiple perspectives and included a woman–but I had a built-in advantage. First, I was a tomboy when I was young. As a small child I played with the boys, until they got older and didn’t want to be around a girl, and in college I had many male friends. On top of that, I have six sons (and no daughters!). For the last twenty-nine years I have lived in a predominantly male household. My husband, the boys, and all of the boys’ friends have taught me quite a bit about how guys think. In my current work, though, I’m doing something very daring and writing completely from a female perspective. I have found that to be harder.

    1. LynnRush

      Six sons. Yikes!! I bet you have a very inside look at the male POV for sure!!!! Bless you! But now you’re writing in the female POV. I can see how that’d be a bit trickier for you to shift your way of thinking. But a fun challenge, right?

  24. A. Nonnie Muss

    Hey Lynn,

    I too am writing from a male POV and agree with you. Another difference that I read about a year ago is that men cannot multitask. Since then, I’ve observed my husband, brothers, and male friends and was suprised at the accuracy of the article. Something to think about if you write another male driven novel. Good Luck with Wasteland, I hope it does extremely well.

  25. sstormbinder

    HA! What perfect timing for me as well. I’m writing my first (ever) anything, and have been skittished at the approaching POV turn. I agree with the research comment someone mentioned earlier, which I’m learning is a continuing process throughout the writing. I was just a little nervous about how I was going to change my tone from female to male. These tips/tricks will be very helpful in the weeks to come.

    Seriously, thanks Lynn…this couldn’t have come at a better time! :o)
    Spring
    springwilder at gmail dot com

  26. emcliffromi

    Hi, Lynn! Thank you for this great article. 🙂 Speaking as a female author who really enjoys writing male protagonists, I thought this was fantastic advice, and a lot of great little details to keep in mind as I’m going along. I’ll definitely be checking out Wasteland.

    strawberryhelix@gmail.com

    1. LynnRush

      Hi, emcliffromi. Awesome. I’m glad you enjoyed the article. If even one part helps someone, then I’m happy. 🙂 I do love writing male protagonists. It’s just fun trying to get into their minds. 🙂 Thanks for coming by, and thank you for checking out Wasteland. 🙂

  27. Writer522

    Hey Lynn,
    I’ve been working on a fantasy in which the first person POV is a young man. In my critique group I got lots of wonderful feedback from the guys in the group about conversation “tags” that women use – like You’re coming with us, right? – that men do not and other gender specific traits that first time writers (like me) should avoid to sound more authentic. I completely agree with the more visual aspect of the male psyche and will put that idea in the front of my brain the next time I edit the story. Thanks for the ideas, it’s always helpful to read other author’s ideas. Good luck with the novel.

    1. LynnRush

      When you say tags, you mean the “right” part, right? (LOL…sorry) But yes. Leave off the “right” on there. While it sounds good in dialogue, not so much in reading it. Hey, has anyone heard the stat on how many words a woman uses during the day versus a man? Any guesses?

      1. KCross

        Huh. The “right” tag is interesting…I live in the Northeast and guys around here respond with, “I know – right?” ALL the time. Maybe it’s a regional thing. My novel takes place in a fictitious Mass town and I’ve used “right” in male dialogue because I thought it sounded more authentic. Something to ponder…

        I’m so happy to have stumbled onto these posts! Great to read all the different perspectives. Thanks!

  28. jedenman

    If you’re a good writer, it should not matter what your gender, even sexual preference, is. Research is crucial. But, having said this, why are people bringing this up? We’ve been reading male authors write from a female POV for centuries! Women can be just as good.

    1. LynnRush

      Hi, jedenman. You’re right. Sometimes it just helps to refresh, maybe bring in a perspective someone might need to hear at that moment. Or even for a new writer. 🙂 You’re right about the research is crucial no matter what you right. Thanks for stopping by!!

  29. pacanime

    Hi Lynn,

    Well I’ve been writing a set of stories from the female point of view. Since I’m male, sometimes I do stop myself to think about how a female would react in certain situations. I usually focus on how my character feels and try to include more emotions when writing. You’re right, men and women usually do react differently. I usually have the males be more abrupt and visual. The females tend to be more considerate in their dialouge, at least in my writing. I never thought about it before. But then again, being male, I guess it comes as second nature to me to write men that way.

  30. mnewborn

    I am currently working on a series of speculative fictional novels that will showcase a male pov. Actually, the character is 16 years old, but I am wanting my target audience to include late teen to young adult. I have been interviewing my brother quite a bit and have even adopted a few things based on his input. This includes considering that certain titles have the tendency to not appeal to both genders. For instance, I had Mother in the main title of this manuscript. What I ended up doing though was, keeping the original title since it is so critical to the theme of the novel (taken from the bust of the Statue of Liberty) and use subtitles which will actually appear more prominently than the title used for the series.

    I think though, that I might have it a bit easier since this is not going to be a romance in any obvious sense, although I will definitely have females characters and even a female love interest for the male lead. However, I don’t really see myself (atleast not at this point) writing a hot and heavy physical scene with my teen, this could change as he grows up over the course of the series.

    I am very interested in reading Wasteland. I wonder on how you came up with your cover book design and if you feel that your audience is primarily female?

    Sophia

    1. LynnRush

      Hi, Sophia. Thanks for commenting! It’s nice to meet you. That’s great you’re interviewing your brother. Take in as much as you can as far as observing. Get to the malls, too. That’s great. Sports fields, etc. You will see lots of great behaviors in those environments.

      As for Wasteland, my publisher, Crescent Moon Press, designed the cover. I am so happy with it. It leaves a lot to the imagination for sure. Mostly since it’s a romance, it will appeal to women; however, there is enough action and the fact that the lead is a male and it’s on his POV will lend to a male audience as well. 🙂 Great question.

  31. irenekaye

    Working on my first novel. Good tips that I can use for my male characters.Wondered if this would be the same for portraying gay male characters? Don’t want to stereotype.

    1. LynnRush

      That’s a really interesting question, IreneKaye. I am not sure. I haven’t researched that as of yet. But I am sure there are resources out there to check into it. I’d like to see if any other commenters have a thought on that.

    2. emcliffromi

      Speaking from my personal experience as a lesbian who has a ton of gay male friends… generally I find that the best way to avoid falling into stereotypes is to develop gay/bisexual characters just the same as you would develop straight characters. Don’t get too caught up in trying to make a character accurate to their sexuality or anything like that – there’s really no such thing! I’m currently writing a novel with five gay male protagonists, and Lynn’s advice in this article rang true for most of them (though in different ways for each character) – so in my opinion it’s good advice across the board.

      I think the most important thing to consider with a gay character is not how their sexuality itself affects their personality (because in my experience, no stereotype is true all the time, and you’re very unlikely to get told that a character ‘isn’t gay enough’ by someone who’s ever met a gay person) – but how their upbringing and experiences as a gay person, who has potentially experienced underrepresentation, intolerance, and bigotry, may have shaped them.

      I hope that helps, and wasn’t just a lot of soapboxing on my part. Best of luck with your book! 😀

    3. KCross

      IreneKaye: Have you read “Will Grayson, Will Grayson,” by John Green and David Levithon? It’s a wonderful YA read. It alternates chapters, with one written in the “straight” Will Grayson’s POV and the next “gay” Will Grayson’s POV. The straight Will Grayson’s best friend is also gay and he is the character who the two Will Graysons have in common. Might help with research and perspective.

      LynnRush: I’m trying to write a YA Paranormal Romance, with alternating chapters between male and female. I’m fascinated by the differences in how males and females approach life and conflict. Enjoyed your article and look forward to reading your novel. Thanks.

  32. erain14

    Hi Lynn,

    These interviews are all so different and all so interesting! I have thought about the fact that you write male leads and wondered how you did that. This interview makes total sense. I’ve hear those things about men before and in the reading, it’s true. David only speaks in short phrases or sentences, but has a whole world in his head. So interesting!

    🙂 Erin
    erain14@gmail.com

    1. LynnRush

      HI, ERIN! Thanks. I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog tour. Thanks for coming to each stop. Girl, you’re racking up the entries for that kindle! You go, girl!!!!

      Yes. I sometimes wondered if I had him too short with the words. But I think it worked out well enough. We’ll see how it goes with Russell’s story in the next book. 🙂

      1. erain14

        I think it worked out very well! I can’t wait to read Russell’s story too! I’m glad I’m racking up the points, but really it’s just becoming addicting to see where you’re going. Especially with all the neat and creative interviews. No two have been alike yet! 🙂

  33. KendallGrey

    Lynn, these are great suggestions for how to get inside a man’s head. You’re so right – men and women *don’t* think alike, especially where romance is concerned. I ask my husband this kind of stuff all the time – “Does this scene come off as realistic enough?” “Would a man think this or that?” “What would a guy say in X situation?” Writers need this info to portray characters realistically in a variety of POVs. And even if you’re not using a male POV, your male characters still need to act and respond appropriately.

    Thanks for this article. It’s super helpful!

  34. AmyEye

    You have some excellent tips for authors to remember when they are writing. The visual clues and the “men not being so gabby” tips I think are my favorite.

    Following you on this blog tour is really showing your followers what a fascinating life you have, Lynn!

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