This week: Romantic HeroEdited by: Lonewolf
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A romantic hero is a person that seems to be the outcast, he may or may not be wealthy, he will have his own set of moral codes, his life is filled with strife, which he overcomes and wins. A romantic hero must possess an understanding of his inner-self inner-world. He must also understand the value of his experiences through emotions, intuition, and feelings rather than logically reasoning.
I have been planning to write a book for some time now, and as with all writing one must do research, so I went in search of information regarding a romantic hero. I wondered what characteristics make up a romantic hero, and I was immediately sent to Wikipedia which gave me a somewhat understanding of what I would use to create such a hero for my story. So, after gathering a few of the different places I visited I came up with the following.
How to Develop a Romance Hero
1. Visualize your hero.
2. Think about real men you know or have seen whose characteristics you can blend to model your hero.
3. Develop a character study sheet, listing his physical and psychological traits and his personal history. Use it for reference as you write your romance novel.
4. Understand completely your hero's motivation.
5. Give him qualities that make your hero readily identifiable as an average person, yet allow him to be heroic and honorable.
6. Give him no flaws from which he cannot be redeemed, either by himself or by the heroine.
7. Fall a little bit in love with your hero, so that you can write about him with passion.
8. Write, write, rewrite and rewrite. Hone your novel and the character study that is your hero, to perfection.
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A romantic hero, particularly a Romance Novel Hero, usually has certain characteristics:
While heroes come in various shapes and sizes, A romantic hero is always physically fit. Specifically, he is fit as a result of leading an active life, not as a result of attending a gym. He is always at least toned and nicely muscled.
A romantic hero never has a boss. That is, although there may be a person whom he answers to, he is never supervised on a day-to-day basis. He is always more or less a free agent.
A romantic hero has useful female relatives. He always has in-laws, sisters, a mother, etc. whom it is useful for the heroine to know. When the heroine becomes romantic with the hero, she is looking into an entire social network. Although the hero might seem to be a loner, in fact, he never is.
A romantic hero's subordinates have women. When the heroine becomes romantic with the hero, she becomes boss of the women whose men the hero is boss of. More generally - to a woman, a man (even a romantic hero) is a cipher. The real focus is on other women and the relationships between the heroine and them.
A romantic hero might be stranded on a desert island or in a remote windswept Scottish castle, but his shoes are always immaculately buffed. God knows by whom. More generally, a romantic hero is a snappy dresser-subject to the whims of fashion.
A romantic hero has a woman in his past. Specifically, a woman whose place the heroine can occupy. The heroine almost never has to carve out a place of her own, because a romantic hero always has an emotional vacancy. He may be a widower, he may have been hurt in some way by a woman who is no longer around, he may have cared for a female relative who slowly died of tuberculosis. The heroine always has to battle - sometimes even literally - this woman. The climax of a romantic novel is when the hero somehow - in some manner - says "I love you more than I ever loved her".
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