S38E8 – How Do I Write Women/Men?

New authors are constantly asking how to write someone of a different gender or background. Readers are constantly making fun of authors who wildly misrepresent or stereotype their gender. Our goal in this episode to help show you the best practices for writing characters who don’t share the same experiences as you.

There are physical characteristics to consider when writing someone of certain genders*. Those born female have a different center of balance than those born male. They each have their advantages and disadvantages in things like combat.

Most importantly, though, is that they are human. The only consideration for the time and effort you put into developing a character is the role they play in the story, not their gender role. Listen for more.

*We are not covering transgender or non-binary in this episode as those topics are much broader than we could fit into this episode. Refer to our LGBTQ+ episode from 2020 for a brief overview.

About the Author
I'm an editor and cover designer for AspenHouse Publishing. I am also a host for AspenHouse's poscast, Writing Roots.

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