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Writing Characters of the Opposite Sex

A quick writer’s psychology crash course on writing characters of the opposite gender. An interesting read and definitely something to consider during the writing process.

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[storymind.com by Melanie Anne Phillips, creator StoryWeaver, co-creator Dramatica]

“Perhaps the most fundamental error made by authors, whether novice or experienced, is that all their characters, male and female, tend to reflect the gender of the author. This is hardly surprising, since recent research finally proves that men and women use their brains in different ways. So how can an author overcome this gap to write characters of the opposite sex that are both accurate and believable to their own gender?

In this Dramatica Tip, we’ll explore the nature of male and female minds and provide techniques for crafting characters that are true to their gender.

At first, it might seem that being male or female is an easily definable thing, and therefore easy to convey in one’s writing. But as we all know, the differences between the sexes have historically been a mysterious quality, easily felt, but in fact…

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