by Shelt Garner
I’ve spent so much time thinking up what the heroine of my novel looks like, that I’ve totally dropped the ball when it comes to my male romantic lead. I just can’t settle on what he looks like.
My natural inclination is to make him a “proxy me.” But, in general, inserting yourself into your novel is Not Cool. So, I find myself dwelling on how to describe him in a way that makes him seem real in people’s imaginations as well at Not Me.
I only even think this up because one of my Beta Readers noted that I had really fleshed out my heroine, leaving my male romantic lead wanting. So, in this third draft I’m working on, I’m going to really give his appearance some thought.
It’s a real struggle, though, because describing a male is just not all that interesting to me, which, of course, is what members of the “woke cancel culture mob” would say was a “tell.” They would say that I’m so obsessed with thinking up a heroine that I want to fuck that I don’t have time to worry about what her love interest looks like.
Anyway, things are otherwise going well with this novel. I am working my way through the new scenes I’ve come up with and will soon reach the point where Something Happens.