A critic made a comment that my female character sounds like she was written by a man?

Asked by: Lisa Prieto

What does woman written by a man mean?

The phrase “written by a woman” erupted on TikTok earlier this summer to describe men who were respectful, kind, and unafraid of femininity. In contrast, the phrase “written by a man” gained traction to describe female characters written through the male gaze.

Can male authors write female characters?

Yes. Many male writers have successfully written female characters. Like George RR Martin said when asked how he writes women characters so well, he simply replied “I write them as people.”

How are female characters portrayed?

Women are always portrayed as weak, emotional and neurotic while men are expected to be strong, aggressive and dominant, which are depicted from both their external appearances and internal qualities. The gender of the author also contributes to the different descriptions of the characters in the literary works.

What makes a female character well written?

Creating strong female characters is the same process as creating strong characters in general—they need backstory, motivation, and depth in order to cultivate a three-dimensional profile that makes them feel like believable, real people.

Why is male and female handwriting different?

One mechanism was the different physical features of men and women. On average the males in the study had bigger hands than the females, and their second finger tends to be relatively shorter than their fourth finger possibly resulting in a different writing style.

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