AKA - My Writer's Squeam
A few manuscripts into this writing adventure, I'm fairly confident that the male POV is where my writing style sits most comfortably. Maybe this comes from my own tomboyish tendencies... I dunno. And it doesn't matter, because I love writing from the male POV and everything that comes along with that - guy thoughts, guy feelings, guy friendships and experiences - the whole shebang.
The beyond kissy stuff. And by 'the beyond kissy stuff' I don't mean kissing, but everything beyond the kissing. The er, physical reactions. *Cough*. Describing what a guy is thinking about while he's kissing someone. And that someone could be a guy or a girl - that's not the issue. It's just so much easier (read: less cringe-inducing) to put myself inside a girl's head in that situation.
And I SO love the kissy stuff in novels. When I'm not reading YA it's usually some kind of adult romance - historical, contemporary, paranormal - any kind, really. And I've read romance that's written from a male POV and enjoyed that just as much as romance from the woman's perspective.
So why do I hesitate when it comes to writing a little smexiness from my male MC's standpoint? Why am I denying my male MC some smexiness, FCOL?!
Well... it's because THIS IS MY WRITER'S SQUEAM. That thing I'm squeamish about in my writing that I, in my logical brain, know is important to include in YA novels, but which I'll still be writing whilst cringeing and squealing at a pitch that only dogs can hear.
How about the rest of you - do you write from a male POV? Do you find the beyond kissy stuff tough to write? Or do you have some other Writer's Squeam?
Let me know!