The Writer’s Wheel…8/13/19: Who is Your Heroine when Your Hero’s Not Around? Loleta Abi


The Writer’s Wheel…8/13/19: Who is Your Heroine when Your Hero’s Not Around?

Loleta Abi

I’ve been thinking about who people are when they’re not around others. Does your heroine, for instance, act different when she’s not around the hero? Does she through fits? Give into anger? Have uncontrollable laughter? Is she more subdued? Bored? I think it’d be fun to explore this in not just women’s fiction. Wouldn’t it be nice to get a picture of her without him? Show the world that she doesn’t need a man to keep her satisfied, but that she wants him to be a partner in her life.

This could work vice versa as well. What is the hero like when the heroine’s not around? Does he watch birds? Go fishing? Get mud on his tires? Get in fights? Maybe to help friends out? Or to protect family? Does he get anxious on his own? Wish she were near? He doesn’t need a woman either to keep him satisfied but wants a partner to share the journey.

If you could see the picture of them apart, it’ll give you clues as to why this particular man and woman belong together. Or don’t. Maybe they go their separate ways toward the end, wiser. Hopefully, though, they stumble into something wonderful, something amazing for each of them. That’s how marriage should be. One should compliment the other in personality, strength, and attitude.

Do you write characters like this? Strong and compatible? Or do you hold to the notion that opposites attract? Have a great week, take care, and God bless!

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