As I get notes in from my critque partners and finish up HOW TO DATE AN ALIEN, I started to think back on how I could tweak things to make them a little less "Twilighty" as one critique partner had put it and a little more fire in the characters attraction.
With that being said...we all know that Edward isn't my favorite vampire. Sorry the bedhead thing just doens't do it for me. I had thought it was time to give up on vampires, but then as I lay on the couch and scrolled for something to watch on TV I found the teenage vampire that could make me forget I ever said anything bad about vampires.
Hummanah, hummanah, hummanah. What was I talking about again? I'm sorry I was lost in David Boreanaz' jaw line. Yeah...there was a Buffy marathon on Oxygen and it was the earlier seasons before Willow's yestergayness and Buffy's sister appeared in the picture. Those little moments were Angel wasn't a main character, but would show up at Bronze to give Buffy some cryptic message and maybe even take his leather jacket off of his broad shoulders and drape it around Buffy because she looked cold...swoooooooooooon. Um what was I talking about again?
Oh yeah...writing....right.... So I thought about how this transfers over to my writing. How a girl could fall for a mysterious alien, even though he is so mysterious yet is always there when she needs him. Or if he just looks like this...
Nggggggggggggggh. Did I mention that I -may- have also started watching another vampire show called Being Human? Well as I watched, one of the main characters caught my eye. His dark eyes...the spiky hair...the air of mystery about him. He's actually an alien instead of a vampire in my eyes and he is very funy to look at...butt chin aside.
But enough about looking at good looking vampires, it's all about how we write these characters descriptions and make the reader SEE what we find so attractive in our head about these characters...all while still keeping it YA.
He ran a gloved hand through his hair as he looked around the hallway. I tried not to stare at the way the muscles in his arms moved as his fingers grazed his scalp. When did he find time to work out?
Who do you use for visual inspiration? How do you put that onto the page? Am I crazy for staring at teenage vampires?