Monday, September 17, 2012

Realistic Male POV: Never-Fail Technique

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"I get so emotional in times like these."
Unless you're a guy yourself, you might find it difficult to write a convincing and realistic male point of view, or even just authentic male characters.  The other day, Tyler-Rose weighed in on this during a discussion and I found her advice too good to not share. 

"I just imagine Russell Crowe saying the lines.  If it works for him, I figure it's manly enough."
~Tyler-Rose Counts

Well said, my good blog-partner.  Well said. 

I've read a lot about how to write a good male POV or a convincing male main character, but at the end of the day, what could work better than testing those lines or thoughts on a real-live man? 

If not Russell Crowe, who would you use for this exercise? 


That's all for now...  I'll be back eventually with another Blog-Epic installment.  We're nearing the end!

10 comments:

  1. I'd use... hmmm... Keanu Reeves for a more feminine manly voice or perhaps Sean Connery for the older man. Just trying to think of manly male actors was a trial for me - obviously I read too many books and don't see enough movies!

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  2. I think everyone has to acknowledge a bit of love for Russel Crowe at some point in their lives. For instance: Gladiator is my favorite movie of all time, and I doubt it would be the same if they had somebody else playing the main character.

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  3. Awesome tip :) Did you see I had nominated your blog for the Reader Appreciation Award? I sent you an email :)

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    1. Yes, thank you so much! We'll be putting that up soon. :)

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  4. What great advice - we were just bemoaning how hard it is to write the male voice in our writing group the other day. Russell is very manly - good choice. Christian Bale is very raspy manly, I like Eric Dane (very alpha male in a doctorly way) and Chris Helmsworth (actually hard to think of his voice past the biceps)...

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  5. Russell Crowe is a good choice (and I admit, I might have drooled a bit at the picture) but I'd have to go with Gerard Butler. He's got the lead in my WIP if it would ever make the big screen. LOL

    Then again, I have four brothers, and although none of them can compare to Russell or Gerard (though I always thought one had a bit of Harrison Ford, another slight Dale Earnhardt Sr.) having them around growing up has given me an edge when writing from the male POV.

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  6. I love most Australian actors. Some non-Aussies would be Gerard Butler, Robert Downey Jr., Ewan McGregor. But I don't hear ay of them when I write or read a male part. I think the closest would have to be Heath Ledger, God rest his soul. That man was just too damn fine.

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    1. I really believe that Australians are awesome by definition.

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