I’ve read dozens of resources on writing over the last few years and How to Not Write Female Characters zooms straight to the top of the list.
The author’s light but focused approach sheds the industry double-speak and gets right to the heart of the matter—the way females are depicted in literature and subsequently, television and movies.
Using current popular works from a variety of mediums as examples, author Lucy V Hay explains the type of characters that pull readers in and holds their attention by detailing what types of characters should not be written, without being arrogant or preachy.
This read was also thought-provoking as it made me look back on my favorite female characters and found they were not tropey, cookie cutter types playing one of the roles from Hay’s NOT lists. Instead, the characters were well fleshed out with attributes and deeper personalities that went beyond being beautiful and desired.
How Not to Write Female Characters isn’t just good writing advice, it’s a valuable tool any author should own because this short read isn’t just about the kick-ass hottie or lead love interest, but all female characters.
Female characters. When fifty per cent of your potential target audience is female, if you’re not writing them in your screenplay or novel? You’re making a BIG mistake!
But how should you approach your female characters? That’s the million-dollar question … After all, women in real life are complex, varied and flawed. Knowing where to start in creating three dimensional female characters for your story is extremely difficult.
So … perhaps it’s easier to figure out how NOT to write female characters?
Script editor, novelist and owner of the UK’s top screenwriting blog http://www.bang2write.com, Lucy V Hay has spent the last fifteen years reading the slush pile. She has learned to spot the patterns, pitfalls and general mistakes writers make when writing female characters – and why.
In How Not To Write Female Characters, Lucy outlines:
•WHO your character is & how to avoid “classic” traps and pitfalls
•WHAT mistakes writers typically make with female characters
•WHERE you can find great female characters in produced and published content
•WHEN to let go of gender politics and agendas
•WHY female characters are more important than ever
Lucy is on a mission to improve your writing, as well as enable diverse voices and characters to rise to the top of the spec pile.
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