Oh Mr. Darcy! *swoon*.
So you are writing a romance and working on developing your characters.
The two most important characters in your story will be your hero and heroine/ two heroes/two heroines etc. but today we will be focusing on the hero.
Here are a few, brief things to consider when developing your hero.
MAKE HIM SOMEONE THE READER CAN FALL IN LOVE WITH
This is possibly the most important thing to remember when developing your hero.
The reader won’t be able to fall in love with him if he’s constantly rude to our heroine or just a plain nasty guy.
Think about what you would find attractive in a romantic hero, whether it’s a guy next door vibe or someone more dark and mysterious, there’s a romantic hero for everyone!
If you want to make them on the more elusive side, go for it! Just leave them accessible enough for your reader to get to know them. If they can’t get to know them, they won’t be able to fall in love with them.
If your story is set in a particular time period, make sure you do your research to see if certain things your hero does would be in context with the time you’ve chosen.
For example, if your story is set in the 1940s, your hero wouldn’t take his new wife’s surname upon getting married. Quite the opposite in fact.
So, do your research to make sure everything’s historically accurate.
HAPPILY EVER AFTER…?
Make sure that if your hero screws up somewhere down the line, adding to the conflict in the story, it’s redeemed by the end.
Whether he’s pushed our heroine away by being scared of his feelings for her, or kept a secret he really shouldn’t have, he needs to be real enough to at least try and redeem himself and right those wrongs by the end of the story.
That could be in the form of a resolution of conflict between your hero and heroine and a happily ever after.
Or if we’re going down a more sombre road, realising where he screwed up and learning from his mistakes, but not getting the girl at the end.
Consider the background your heroine is from.
Now consider the background of your hero.
Where were they from?
Where they rich/poor growing up?
What is their outlook on life?
Different backgrounds of your characters can initially start off in conflict, but when they get to know/learn from each other the romance can really start to blossom on the page, as whatever one character is lacking the other can give.
I.e. the highly organised hero opposite your laid-back, spontaneous heroine.
Hope this was useful, guys! Have a great day! 🙂