(and how to write with one when you don't actually have one)
Most of you know I’ve working on
Thinking like a guy, talking like a guy. Seeing like a guy. Some of it’s easy. I’m around teen guys most of my day, I eavesdrop on their conversations, observe (and am often entertained by) their behavior. The “research” has helped me nail the dialogue and action, but those inner thoughts? What really goes on inside a guy’s head? And writing towards that without letting my feminine side slip in?
Now, that’s been the challenge.
I’ve written posts on the guy mindset here and here. Even a little bit here. I’ve blogged about what a challenge it is, but also how fun it is too. I love getting inside a guy’s head (insert TWSS here) And I've had to do that with most of my male secondary characters in previous stories by writing scenes from their POVs or dedicating page long docs to their inner thoughts.
But nothing full scale like for this current project.
So how do I get into a guy’s head? I mean, I guess I could whack a few friends in their ouchful areas or inject “bro” into my sentences as often as my daughter uses “like” in hers, but I don’t know that actually acting like my teenagers will help me to think like one.
So, here are just a few things I do
1) Talk to guys. Not about surface stuff. And get more than just a caveman answer to sensitive questions.
2) Read Copil’s Ask a Dude posts at YA Confidential. REAL guy insight to why men are the way they are. Be prepared to laugh. A lot.
4) Have a football team’s worth of male beta and critique partners—ones I know will give me honest feedback.
5) Watch movies like The Hangover and Varsity Blues. Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Ferris Bueller. Rudy. SO many good ones.
6) Ask my husband questions. He’s about as BOY as they get.
And the BIGGIE
7) READ. Books from a guy’s POV. Here are just a few of my faves: Boy Toy, Swim the Fly, Where She Went, SPUD, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Disenchantments, and most recently, Variant.
Oh, PS—I LOVE writing like a guy. When I went through a shiny new ms craving last year, I wrote first chapters for two of the stories I have beat sheets for, both with female protags, both pretty exciting and not too shabby. I want to go back and change my whole story basis so that I can tell it from the guy’s POV. Or do dual narrators. Or something.
How about YOU? Ever write a story strictly from a guy’s POV? What’s been your strongest asset? Any male POV books I need to add to my TBR?