Developing Characters of the Opposite Gender

When I first began to get serious about writing (around 12 years old), I found developing characters of the opposite gender to be quite challenging. It takes significant knowledge of various personalities, and a familiarization with a plethora of mannerisms performed by various subjects of the target group. Otherwise, characters end up with unusual dialogue and thought processes, disrupting the quality of the story.

This is an especially difficult task at earlier ages, when certain psychological developments have yet to occur. I often wondered why some of the manuscripts I read by pre-teens held significant commonality. It would appear, perhaps, the reading of many effective books are not sufficient for modeling at particular stages and in specific stylistic approaches.

Oh the beauty of contemplation.



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Posted on 06/11/2012, in Post-A-Day {2011}, Post-A-Day {2012} and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. As I grow up as a writer, my stance on creating characters of the opposite gender has changed rather drastically. I think that, at first, just getting the gender right was the main challenge. I didn’t know at the time that in doing so I would end up with silly stereotypes.

    The way I see it today is that gender is definitely part of the identity of a character, but I shouldn’t let that take priority over personality and background.

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