One of the things I love about Kaki Warner‘s historical Western romance novels is how she writes men. They’re authentically tough and often befuddled by women. I personally find writing a hero’s point of view very difficult, mostly because the men I know in real life are chatty, sensitive charity workers. My critique partner Moriah once commented on a scene I wrote: “Does he watch a lot of Dr Phil?”
So I asked Kaki for some advice, and she’s been kind enough to share her tips.
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DISCLAIMER: In no way is anything I write here meant to be insulting to men. I speak in gross generalities (and mostly about American men). I am fully aware there are MANY men who are sensitive, fully in touch with their feminine side, and the total opposite of what I am about to say. OK? OK.
Let’s start with the obvious: Men are pretty basic. That’s not to say they aren’t complicated, thoughtful, or fully aware of what’s going on. Most of the time they just don’t care. Certainly not the way women do. Ask a woman how she feels, and you’ll get a complete rundown of how she slept the night before, how bloated she feels, how upset she is because of what her BFF said, how mean her boss was, if she’s starting her period, yadda, yadda, yadda.
Ask a man how he feels, and after a quick mental check: Am I hungry? Sleepy? Thirsty? Horny? He’ll usually answer fine. And that’s that.
The same holds true in dialogue. Example: