Ripped muscles in men appeal to women. There’s no getting around that. I, personally, like thick biceps and a well-muscled back over washboard abs, but maybe I’m a little strange. Or maybe I just know human biology well enough to realize that a man with washboard abs has very little body fat, often as little as 3%. Imagine how those guys must struggle to maintain that. When we expect women to do the same thing, we (as women) often point a finger and complain that it’s not a realistic expectation.
Anyway, I write the abs in. It might only write them in once, during a sexy interlude, but I write them. Knowing your audience is important in any of the arts. One of these days, however, I might try a short story where the guy had an honest belly. Not a big beer belly, but something softer than a muscular ladder. I wonder how that would be received.
Are ripped abs important to you when pondering a hero?
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