No, this isn't a blog about how to train men. Sorry. :)
We will be talking about the ideal man in novels, though. A hero is the central male character in a fictional tale--a leading man with admirable qualities. The hero’s positive traits might not be obvious in the introduction, but he possesses characteristics that typically will serve him and the heroine (since I write love stories) quite well throughout the story.
Of course, that’s not to say those strengths won’t come into play as weaknesses or obstacles at some point in the plot. It all depends upon the story and how the circumstances play out.
Now, think about your favorite story heroes from the books and movies you love. Who comes to mind? What would you list as the leading man’s admirable characteristics?
I've listed fifteen desirable traits for leading men, based upon feedback I've received from my books in email, letter, social media, etc. These are not exhaustive by any means, and that's where you come in. What else would you add? Or which ones from this list are your top choices?
* Love of God
* God First, Family Second
* Willingness to grow with heroine
And here are five characteristics you’ll find in my story heroes, along with his particular flaw or flaws:
1. A Deepening Faith in God as he accepts God's Grace
So, now it's your turn. What traits do you count most important in a story hero? And which book or movie stands out in your mind as a top favorite because of the traits of the hero in it? Please share in the comments.
Tiffany Amber Stockton has been crafting and embellishing stories since childhood. Today, she is an award-winning author, speaker, and brand partner with Nerium International, who lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, in Colorado. They have one girl and one boy, and an Aussie/retriever mix named Roxie. She has sold fourteen books so far and is represented by Sandra Bishop of MacGregor Literary Agency. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.