Tuesday, June 26, 2007

I'm Bowing Down In Homage...


... to all the authors on the planet who can write Alpha-hero's...

HOW-IN-HELL-DO-THEY-DO-IT-FULL-TIME???

No - come on - SERIOUSLY?!? I have NEVER in ALL MY BORN DAYS had a hero who was so bloody DIFFICULT TO WRITE! And I can be honest with you guys cos I love you all so much - I'm not entirely certain I'm pulling this off...

And I really really WANT TO.
Usually I have a fairly even spread of POV from hero to heroine but Gabe was so bloody uncommunicative at the beginning if you recall that I had problems with that. Well now I've spent some time with him and fought with him every step of the way I understand why and I *get* the kind of man he is - but does that make it any easier to write him???? HELL NO.
He's one-step-forwards and then three-steps-back. And now that I'm actually getting a better POV spread I just want to STRANGLE HIM. I mean he's protective as hell of Ash and then says things he has to KNOW she'll find hurtful. He'll - outta nowhere I might add - do something beautifully tender and THEN be a complete ASS! And if any of you have *met* any of my heroine's before then you'll know this one is not exactly backing down....
Which makes me then worry that she comes across as either abrasive or a complete annoying brat or any number of horrible things that I won't name but HAVE WORRIED ABOUT CONSTANTLY for the last few days....
IF this makes it to print - and I stress the word IF - then I honestly think Gabe will be the one hero that will forevermore stick in my mind. BUT HEED MY WORDS - Alpha heros like this one - NOT MY THING....
So to all authors I have as friends who write them.... I have this to say... I'M NOT WORTHY!
And following on from my Mother's letter may I add - Here woofie woofie... hungry???

14 comments:

Natasha said...

LOL 'Tis middle-book-itus is all!!! Ash will sort him. I'm confident.

And ..... if, as you say, checking out Carol Marinelli's eHarlequin online read can't be considered 'work' then writing your blog isn't either. Back to the type face ........

Kate Hardy said...

The a-word. Arrgh. Ask Kate W. She knows lots about Alphas. (Or nudge me and I'll forward the stuff she sent me when I had my alpha panic.)

(I think I'm about to have another one now I've delivered. Arrgh. Starting new book now to distract myself.)

Donna Alward said...

LOL I second Kate - the a-word! Even my toughest guys are not really alphas...more like betas with an edge. LOL.

And yes, middle-book-itus sucks.

Janet said...

Trish, is that a picture of Woofie on today's blog?

Trish said...

*SSSSHHHHHHHHHH* Gather round....

Now - don't say this out loud, k??? I-might-be-through-the-hump.... *glances around in case anyone heard...*

Yes Kate I know t'other Kate is a GENIUS when it comes to alphas! I may well need those notes... it's that or GABE-IN-A-SKIRT...

Donna - I MISS THOSE KINDS OF HERO'S!!! Cannot begin to tell you how ready I am for a Romance project... Gabe has me exhausted.

Janet!!! YOU SILLY!!! That's a picture of WOLFIE....

Michelle Styles said...

Limit Gabe's interior monologue. Alphas tend to act more than think.

Personally, I find it easier to go back and make mine more alpha rather than having them that way from the beginning. You may know the thoughts are there BUT does the reader need to know?

Also an alpha is more willing to let the heroine fail. He tests her. He is not overly protective at the beginning.

I hope this helps.

Trish said...

MICHELLE!!!!! YOU'RE-A-STAR!!!

In those few sentences you've given me HOPE-I'M-NOT-USELESS! Particularly on the parts about innner monologue and letting the heroine fail! That's pretty much EXACTLY what Gabe is like at the start - a minute amount of POV compared to her and he really doesn't start to *STEP UP* til later in the book...

AND I have to say, the more times I've edited this book the stronger he's become each time - so I'm maybe on the same wavelength there too ;)

HERE'S HOPING THAT BODES WELL!
But THANKYOU for the comment that has started me back into it today with a little more confidence! And love to the my new friend the dd!!!!

Kate Walker said...

Ok so - "Genius" Kate here . Genius?????

My main comment here Trish darling is that bad behaviour doesn't make an Alpha - if I could eradicate one belief from the Romance writing world and it was that one, I'd die a happy woman (ok - if I eradicated that and had Hugh in a towel come and kiss me . .. )

Ahem - drags thoughts back from the gutter - it's not the bad behavious or the cutting remarks or the one step forward three steps back that makes an Alpha. It's definitely NOT the being an ASS - let's face it, Beta, gamma guys - ok - GUYS - are all capable of being a total ass.

It's the - and yo know what's coming - it's the WHY he does it that matters.

One thing that some readers/writers just don't get in an Alpha is what Michelle wrote about the testing - Alphas give their women the credit for being strong and able to take it. Specially when their heroine fights right back. See - he thinks - she's no wuss - she can take it - and hand it right back.

Respect - that's oart of it

But if he's taking those steps back then it really is WHY he's doing that - ALpha's don't do it to be perverse but because a situation ain't working - or he's protecting her from his own influence in her life - or (and don't ever expect him to admit it) he's protecting himself from her influence on his life. . . .

OK ALpha rant over - for today

Oh yes - and Kate H - what did I write in those notes? Can I have a copy please???

T'Other Kate

Kate Walker said...

And PS to Gabe when you've finished f- - - - - - messing about can you please just whisper three little words in Trish's ear - you know the ones - "Blog Party Post"

Michelle Reid said...

Trish, you must know that I’m not a bloggy person, I just don’t go near them (unless a certain KW gives me a violent push) but having been sent over here by the same pushy KW to read your blog on writing an Alpha, I just had to come in and drop my two pennyworth into the pool.

Are you sweating blood and pulling teeth over this bloody annoying guy?
Answer – yes.
Is he driving you up the damn wall?
Answer – yes.
Do you feel knackered and twisted inside out and wish he would just go away and torment someone else’s poor heroine because he’s making yours feel knackered and twisted inside out too?
Answer – yes.
Do you hate him and love him all in one great big dollop of mixed up emotion and have resorted to begging him (that’s really begging on your knees) to just do as he’s told but still all you get is alpha attitude chucked back at you in spades?
Answer – yes.

Then STOP WORRYING because you’ve GOT IT!

That, my lovely gorgeous nervous-breakdown Trish, is the Alpha male!

Love hugs and sympathy

Michelle as in Reid not Michelle as in Styles – Hi other Michelle!
(Now it’s back into my dark hole to write my first synopsis – ever. How the heck do you do that when an Alpha male is involved--?)

Trish said...

Kate - *Trish bows down in homage all over again* - as always you are BANG ON THE MONEY and loving your alphas the way I do I can only pray to all the writing gods to get an iota of that level or irrisitable onto the page... *sigh*

I have to say my (excuse the french here gang) bastard-tolerance-level runs very very low so thankfully it's not that Gabe is some schmuck who treats Ash like crap every single second. I have no idea why women would want a guy like that - but then that's maybe just me. But then having dated a few of the ASS variety I'm maybe a tad biased...

It really is all about the WHY isn't it? And I think it's understanding the WHY so well by now that yanks my chain the hardest when it comes to Gabe - he really is his own worst enemy. And has a tendency to be very bloke-ish so that every single in-road Ash makes with him is SUCH a BIG thing. Mind you - the flowers and chocolates kinda guy Ash would probably yawn herself to death with.

Probably a big part of my issue with Gabe is - *gather closer while I share another secret* - much as he does my head in - he's kinda close to my ideal guy...

*BLUSH*

Trish said...

GALS IT'S MICHELLE REID!!!!!!!

ON-MY-BLOG!!!!!!!!

Hello MY DARLING ONE!!!! (anyone who hasn't had the pleasure of meeting this sweetheart due to her not being a *bloggy person* is missing out BIG TIME - cos she's a honey!) SAY HELLO GANG!

Now lemme see...

*Are you sweating blood and pulling teeth over this bloody annoying guy?
Answer – yes.*

- and swearing at him lots and grumping at anyone dumb enough to come to my cave to see if I'm still alive because I've been in here so bloody long with him??? YUH-HUH...

*Is he driving you up the damn wall?
Answer – yes.*

- Well now... Blog visitors????

*Do you feel knackered and twisted inside out and wish he would just go away and torment someone else’s poor heroine because he’s making yours feel knackered and twisted inside out too?
Answer – yes.*

- Sweetheart did I tell you I squooshed him with a big bus? I have never ever had a hero try my patience and give me the beginnings of a stomach ulcer quite like this one.... so I'm tickin that one off with a LARGE BLACK MARKER...

*Do you hate him and love him all in one great big dollop of mixed up emotion and have resorted to begging him (that’s really begging on your knees) to just do as he’s told but still all you get is alpha attitude chucked back at you in spades?
Answer – yes.*

- *COUGH*

I've nodded my head so much to all of these points that I look like one of those nodding dogs you used to get on the back shelf of peoples cars...

THANKYOU DEARHEART and VISIT AGAIN - I'd bake in honour of the occassion but... well... I LIKE YOU...

MICHELLE REID IS ON MY BLOG!!!!!!!!

Ally Blake said...

Trish! By the looks of the word count meter you ain't doing half bad my sweet!

Though you have terrified me back into the world of the warma dn fuzzy beta with an edge that I love writing along with our Donna.

Oh God, one of these days a true blue alpha is gonna come a knocking and you're going to have to help me please!!!

Ally

Trish said...

YUP ALLY - HOMEWARD STRETCH!!!

Though did that *black moment* moment and thought to myself - HELL - There's NO WAY he's forgiving her for this!!!! And I wouldn't be able to blame him... but then if I think that and I know the ending then thats hopefully a good sign - n'est pas?

I tell ya - for all the pain he's put me through - I actually think I'm kinda in love with him...