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.