30 days of fanfic writing meme (6)
6 – When you write, do you prefer writing male or female characters?
This is an easy one. Looking through my fic (published and not) I can unequivocally say I’m much more comfortable writing from a male POV. Probably because I’ve never really “gotten” girls. I am a girl but that’s about as much of common ground I have with most women. I was a huge tomboy growing up… had a huge GI Joe collection but only 1 or 2 Barbies until I was like 11 (yes, I still played with dolls at 11… actually until I was 16, used them to work out story ideas in 3D). I remember wishing I was a boy when I was a kid. They seemed to have more fun and an easier time in life, lol.
I no longer wish I was a guy but I definitely relate better to men. When I’m around other women I feel lost and out of place. I’ve never been into “looks” (makeup, clothes, shoes, hair, etc). To me “doing my hair” involves pulling it into a ponytail. I can’t French braid to save my life. I have never worn makeup, don’t wear jewelry (not even my wedding ring most of the time). I own 2 pairs of shoes: sneakers and flip-flops. I no longer own dress clothes or shoes (haven’t worn a dress since my fil’s funeral in 2003). None of that stuff has ever interested me. Unless the woman I talk to likes sci-fi then I probably have very little in common with them.
Anyway, writing from a female POV is always tough for me. I’ve written a few Sam stories but I don’t see her a typical girl. She’s too kick-ass for that. Out of all the female characters I write she’s the easiest but I still tend to gravitate towards the guys.