The heart is a fickle mistress...and lets all be honest she is our mistress. Even to those that suppress her power. No matter how long one day she will prick and stab and then like a thief in the night you find yourself loving someone. Or at least that's the way we like to write it.
Take our male protagonists...the wonderful Alpha Male we female readers continually gush and goo over. OK we may not goo over him but by gosh we keep buying books where he's there. There is delicate balance to maintain to keep the illustrious Alpha from going over into ass territory. And the always refreshing Danielle hit the nail on the head when she wrote this post called, "When Alpha Males Go Wrong."
So back to our mistress the heart. I find myself typing away lately in a novel or project that could see light. It could not. Such is the way of the writing life. What I'm encountering though is I am writing completely from the male perspective. This guy is a piece of work and boy do I like making him hurt. I know that sounds just awful but it's the truth. It's through him feeling that I will finally make him realize...or really it will be Aribelle who shows him his philosophy in life is pretty fing crazy.
After a 20 year marriage his wife cheats on him which ends in an agreeable divorce. The last two years have been awful to begin with. He's ultimately become a single parent to their two boys. Wife is lazy and uninvolved. One thing I love about this guy is he's a fabulous father. Career wise he is just as successful as in fatherhood. He's the product of a single mother household with a very evolved idea about women in society. However, he believes that it takes more than one person over the course of a lifetime to fulfill the intimate needs of a person. Obviously a product of his wife's affair. In fact because he travels he has at least ten women in different places that he has an intimate relationship in conjunction with his live in girlfriend. Of the 10 they know there are others although live in doesn't.
Then one day he meats Aribelle. She challenges everything he's ever believed. The problem is she's married and deeply religious.
Obviously this is not my regular work. But I've really become invested in this story and this character. I want better for him.
What about you reader dears. How do you take your character? With growth or a neat little package?