I'm typing fast and furious this morning because my muse has been sending me ideas fast and furious: she woke me up at 7:00am (waaaay too early for this chick but under the circumstances I can't complain!).
Though I managed to add about 500 words to Broken Chords Monday, I have remained unable to find "that certain something" to get the words flowing onto the page. I couldn't figure out what was wrong so I frittered away yesterday morning doing other writing related chores while trying to convince myself not to give up on Broken Chords altogether.
I also had to push aside the insidious voice in my head that kept telling me "Ring of Lies is a fluke and you'll never do it again." Now that was one idea I desperately needed to shut down! Cooking always relaxes me so I spent the day puttering around the kitchen and then put some more promo ideas for Ring of Lies into action before answering a ton of neglected emails and getting ready for bed.
Now, I had spent the entire day avoiding any thoughts relating to my second chapter of Broken Chords. I refused to examine what was causing me to stumble over the first scene in my hero's point of view and, was this close to scrapping the whole idea- but then I took a shower. It is amazing what a little hot water can do to bring clarity! The pounding water and steam opened up more than my pores; it freed my muse!
I came to the startling realization that my trouble with chapter 2 was because I'd made my hero a wimp. Yes, you read correctly, I had somehow managed to write my up and coming, immensely talented, soon to be famous rock and roll guitarist, as a beta male! Now, I'm not saying beta male characters are bad or that they can't be heroes but, for me, they don't fly. I would, and in this case did, hold such an indecisive, passive man in contempt. My guy was too nice, too emotional, and much too ready to acquiesce to a managing female.
In a nutshell, there was no spark; I didn't like him. To finish that thought, if I didn't like him why would my readers? Answer, they probably wouldn't! So, my hero is going to find his backbone-he'll still be a little passive concerning one element in his life, (no, I'm not telling, you'll have to wait and read it :), but in every other way he will be ALL male. You know, the male of the species who sees what he wants and proceeds to take it. The male of the species who pursues his agenda with single minded determination and takes no prisoners. The male of the species who protects his mate with a ferocity worthy of a Bengal tiger defending his turf; that kind of man.
Tina, my heroine, had better watch her heart, Nick has been released and he is on the prowl!
So, I've pretty well shown you the traits I think are indicative of an Alpha male; care to share yours?