Some researchers just released a study that proves that men like ladies with curves. Duh!
OF course, there is a little more to it than that. The researchers found that looking at women with an hourglass figure affects the same pleasure centers in the male brain as drugs and alcohol. They also found that this crossed cultures and ages—all men reacted the same way to women with curves.
Truisms like this can be used to create characters and settings that ring true.
Does every man who meets your heroine fall head over heels for her? Does she have an hourglass figure? If not, it might make men’s reactions to her more believable if you give her an hourglass figure.
How can you use other research findings or long-held beliefs to create characters that anyone can relate to? Or to set up situations that any reader can understand?
Sometimes we do this instinctively, so you might look at your work while you are editing. If something goes against common ideas, make sure it works in context. Back to the heroine that all men adore. If she doesn’t fit the hourglass figure ideal, you can create a world in which she fits the ideal.