Monday, February 28, 2011

Writing Strong Male Characters

Continued from Monday, I wanted to flip the coin and write about strong male characters. I have written the male character from the macho doesn't fear anything POV, as well as the timid and reclusive boy. The one thing that I noticed in both of these characters is that they both reach a point where they have to make a choice to either be the same or make a change to overcome the obstacle.

For the hero it was realizing that he wasn't at his strongest until he learned to accept help and together they were stronger than he was by himself.

The reclusive boy was that to make things write in his life he would need to journey outside of his comfort zone to realize his full potential.

I enjoy writing male leads for a different reason than female leads. They can be strong, confident, yet have a softer side, I don't usually give them any sort of special powers, except for what they are capable of based on that character. Also it's fun to write a male character because I can share some of my experiences and can relate to them on a different level.

What are some of the things that you think make a strong male character? They don't have to be super macho, but my genre usually has one of them in there somewhere. Who is one of your favorite male characters?


  1. I like this post. My current WIP is written partly from the POV of a guy. More than anything I struggle with word choice. Would a guy say this? Is the hardest question for me.

    I guess, being a guy yourself, that's less a question you'd have to ask.

  2. Nice post! I have a male MC in my dystopian...hopefully it works, LOL!

    I really liked Ender in Ender's Game. Harry Potter too. Oh yeah, and Eragon! Hmm, I think there's a scifi/fanstasy theme here... ;)

  3. Agreed, I guess it easier for me to write in a male perspective due to the natural word choice.

    Interesting, I wonder if novels would be evenly split between male and female protagonists? Might vary by genre though, but it could be even, could it?