I thought I’d give us a new post to continue the dialog from my last post about writing characters of the opposite sex.
I think it can be done, but I think more people *think* they do it well, rather than actually doing it well. This is why we get so many stereotyped and cliched characters. Writers with no real understanding of the differences fall back on stereotypes rather than real understanding. For instance, I ran across this post the other day and was frankly surprised to see a writer telling others to fall back on stereotypes. I think any or all of them can apply at points in someone’s life, but I don’t think sticking hard to this formula is going to net you a fully three-dimensional character. And you certainly can’t incorporate all these things into every male character you write. To some degree, most of this will likely apply at times, but to paint all your characters with this broad brush is going to be a huge mistake. Can we bridge the gap between the sexes?
So let’s hash out who we think does a good job of writing characters of the opposite sex. Comments eagerly awaited.