Posting Cross-Gender

Writing is hard. If anyone tries to tell you otherwise, they’re wrong. It’s fun too, sometimes, but that’s beside the point.

As a writer, we create our characters and set them off on their journey.

And one of the major aspects of any character is their gender. Gender will affect how your character interacts with your world and how your world interacts with your character.

Writing a character that is the same gender as yourself tends to be easiest, for most writers. For myself, I find it much easier to relate to my male characters than to my female characters. Other authors do this very well. George RR Martin and David Weber do this very well, creating amazing female cast members that are memorable and powerful without being reliant on male counterparts.

But in order to have a well rounded cast of characters, you’re going to need to have some of the opposite genders from yourself.

Some things to keep in mind when you’re writing these characters is to avoid tropes and stereotypes whenever you can. I know that I’ve struggled with this in the past and have to be very conscious to keep my female characters well rounded.

A trick I’ve used a time or two is to write a character through a scene as a male and then follow back up and change that character to a female to see if it works just as well. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t.

So who are the writers that you’ve seen do a great job writing across gender? Or what are some methods that you’ve used to do this well?


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