Posted by: Author | November 7, 2011

My NaNoWriMo Hero

My NaNoWriMo story was moving very, very slowly. I couldn’t seem to get a handle on my hero. I mean, I knew who he was, I knew what he wanted from life, I knew his back story, but dang if the man wouldn’t cooperate with the story. Luckily, my RWA chapter meeting was this weekend and I rode over to the meeting with Jamie and Elizabeth. As we travel an hour each way, we talk about plot points and other things.

When I was bemoaning the fact that my scenes in the hero’s point of view were not going well and that they were really much shorter than I liked, Jamie offered the advice that maybe the majority of the story was the heroine’s and not the hero’s and maybe he didn’t have as much to say or as long as a journey as she did and that maybe I shouldn’t be forcing the scenes to be longer. Well, shut my mouth- that made sense. Big time sense.

So, on Sunday, I decided to let the hero’s scenes be as short as he wanted and lo and behold, the story took off. He’s being wicked, alpha and irreverent. I love it. 

From November 1-5, I wrote around 7,000 words in total for those six days.  On November 6, I wrote almost 5,900 in one day.  How wild is that?

Check out this dude: He’s the inspiration for my hero. He’s a Spanish bullfighter who used to be the son in law of the Duchess of Alba. And no, my hero is not a bullfighter, but he’s a Spaniard and he’s a grandee (aristocrat).



  1. It’s always the simplest solutions that work best, isn’t it? And I can definitely see why he’s your inspiration…wow.

    • Yeah. The simple solution is the best- IF you can see it. LOL

      Thanks about the inspiration- I like him, too- RAWR!

  2. So glad it clicked for you!! I love when a story takes off. 🙂

    BTW, when you say Spaniard, I totally think Inigo Montoya. Can’t help myself, lol.

    • HEHEHEH- You WOULD! I’m thinking he’s not as hot as my Spainard. LOL! Although I do like Mandy Patinkin

  3. That sounds like sound advice. I must say, you should find new inspiration just looking at the picture. 🙂

    • It was great avice- set the flood gates open. Yeah, the problem with the picture was the guy thought all that was required of him was to look pretty- he didn’t have anything to say! LOL!

  4. Don’t you love having breakthroughs like that? In my story about to come out, I acutally did the entire thing from the heroine’s pov. The one I’m working on, the hero is chomping at the bit to say things. It all depends on the story and the characters, eh?
    FYI – GREAT inspiration for your hero. He works for me. 🙂

    • It is odd how they have their own way of wanting to come out and play or not cooperate. LOL! Thank God Jamie could see what I couldn’t and helped me out.

      Glad you like my hero! He’s much more wicked than he looks! HEHEHE

  5. Glad it’s jelling for you. Wow on the word counts. I usually do better in the hero’s head then the heroine’s. Though have to say the heroine is usually a lot more wordy.

    • That was exactly my problem, Lavada. I do better in the man’s head. That was why I was freaking out. LOL!

  6. Glad to hear that things are going better for you, Sherry. Here’s another cutie for you-Jay Hernandez.


  7. Here’s another one, Jillian-Santiago Cabrera. Ooh, la, la! ; )


    • Linda- you are corrupting me. Keep ’em coming! LOL!

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