I’ve only just squeezed this one into Wednesday! Been frantically putting the finishing touches to my Marie Claire/Harper Collins Debut Novel Award competition entry which closes at midnight. I’m a bit eleventh hour on everything today!
Today’s Wednesday Wondering was posted by our Write Romantic in Australia, Helen R. She says she really enjoys including the male point of view in her writing but knows that there are others who don’t. The question is therefore:
How important do you feel it is to include the male point of view in your writing? Do you enjoy writing it? Do you enjoy reading it? What are your reasons why?
As usual, we’d love to hear your comments whether you’re a reader or a writer (or both) but here are what some of the Write Romantics say, starting with the question-poser herself:
I am starting to enjoy reading the hero’s point of view. For example, Jane Lovering’s “Star Struck” includes the hero’s POV and I think that it adds richness to the story and shows the hero’s struggle in a unique way that we otherwise wouldn’t know about unless he told his story via dialogue.
I think that whether to include the hero’s point of view would largely depend on the story and its themes. As for getting into the male frame of mind, I think that’s hard to do but not impossible. I suppose this is where we can use husbands and family members to let us know if it’s realistic. I even thought perhaps about reading more male magazines such as men’s health to help me get into their heads a bit. One thing that I find really helps is to read other writers’ work to see how they’ve tackled the challenge.
I know that some others prefer not to write a male POV so this Wednesday I was really wondering what everybody else thought and why?
I confess that I’ve never tried to include the male POV but that’s mainly because I’m working on a trilogy where Book 1 is based around one character but introduces us to two female best friends. Book 2 follows one of their stories but also includes POV of the protagonist from Book 1 and Book 3 follows the third friend but with POVs of the other two. If I’d added in male POVs, it would have got way too messy. There were moments where I felt it would be useful to have insight from the male POV but I found ways round it. In fact, not knowing what was going on in the hero’s mind actually worked better because the reader is left wondering about his intentions and I quite like that.
I don’t have any strong opinions about reading books in male POV or not. Years and years ago I read ‘Come Together’ by Josie Lloyd and Emlyn Rees who are a husband and wife writing team who alternated chapters of male and female POV. I seem to remember thinking that was very clever and enjoying it so much that I bought the follow-up ‘Come Again’ that came out a few years later. However, I must have passed on my original and I can’t remember what happened so I’ve not got round to reading the follow-up. Must download the original on my Kindle at some point.
OVER TO YOU … please share!