Some people say Robert Jordan, author of the Wheel of Time series, is wordy. He was accused of drawing the story out unnecessarily to make more money, etc, etc. Regardless of how you feel about that, I was always amazed at his ability to write from the point of view of so many characters, yet make them all unique and believable. I especially admired his ability to write from the perspective of female characters.
I have an even greater appreciation for that skill now.
As I typed the last sentence to a chapter of Mander’s Scar the other day, one of the female’s in the story demanded that I write from her perspective for a bit (She’s a Queen, so she’s allowed to be demanding). After some thought, I agreed with her.
Now, I did a scene or two from a female villain’s point of view in Soul Yearning, but nothing major. This character will be much bigger as she’s a co-protagonist in the story. And I’m a little concerned.
Upon a readthrough of Soul Yearning, my wife commented that a female character wouldn’t say something that I wrote. Being a man, I had never thought of that, and wouldn’t have noticed unless another female pointed it out. Which brings me to my dilemma. I know the story will be way better if I make the Queen a more personal character, but it’s a bit daunting trying to get into the mind of the opposite gender.
I know some author’s would never try this. Stick with what you know, right? But if the story will be better, we have to do it, don’t we?
So, this week I begin my journey into the feminine psyche. I imagine my wife will get lots of questions on how a female would think during certain situations. What she would say or do. Either way, it will defintely be a new adventure.
In your opinion, who are some authors that pulled off writing from the opposite gender? As a writer, what did you do to write the opposite gender successfully?