Alright this is the first post in my new Point Of View series.
For some reason most writers struggle writing the opposite gender so if you’re a guy pay attention today I’m writing about the female POV.
No matter what gender’s point of view you write from it is important to know your character because often the difference between male and female POV’s is mute when the character kicks in.
Simple writing practice.
To get to know your character better write a scene where she is facing a dragon and then simply decides how she reacts. Does she run? Does she whip out her sword and fight it head on? Does she come up with a brilliant plan to defeat the monster?
Knowing how your character reacts is important because it gives you some insight into their minds. While doing the exercise you should stop thinking what would a girl do but instead what would (Character name) do.
Simple tricks, to ace writing female POV.
• Never make her someone who cries about everything and needs to be saved the entire time and who is always thinking about her love interest because that is not how woman work. Women want to do things on their own and almost always believe that their way is better.
• Details are a basic trademark to female POV. When writing from a woman’s point of view make sure to add some more detail than you normally do.
• Women spend more time thinking and worrying about things than doing them. No that doesn’t mean that we don’t eventually get down to doing things it just means that you should add some internal monolog. Let her ask herself a lot of questions such as what if they are dead, what if they had already forgotten about me, what if it’s my fault.
• Woman base opinions on what they hear. If you have someone compliment them they will like that character. If someone insults them they will dislike that character. So dialog matters when writing from a female POV. Now why you need to know your character is so you can know what else will make her like your other characters and what will simply put her off. Personally I don’t like people who only ever have bad things to say about others while some people dislike me because I’m loud and hardly ever think before I speak so really it depends on your character.
In a lot of books the male character is a hot young man with head full of curly hair and a strong jaw. (Alright maybe not but that is not the point right now.)
The female lead than falls head over heels for this young man because he is strong and heroic and all she can think about is his hot lips and pulling her hand through his hair.
Well let me tell you that if you’re female character is going to fall in love with someone it’s going to be for one of two reasons. He keeps on caring for her no mater what, or he makes her laugh.
People who read your book will probably not be the high school sweetheart but instead that kid who sits in the corner with a book every day.
These are the people who are already in love with multiple characters of other books, these people don’t care for a hot looking young man (They don’t mind if he is though.) They care for the funny guy who made the female lead fall for him simply because he proved to be different.
So to draw this part, in which I went full rambling mode to a close I simply want to say that if your female character is going to fall in love with someone it is because he is either funny or because he is always there for her. Not because he is handsome.
Some great books that have a female POV written by a guy is Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy and the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson.
Female POV books written by women that I think I need to mention here is Sara J. Maas’s Throne of glass books, Holly Smale’s Geek girl and of course Cassandra Clare’s Mortal instruments.
Was this useful to you? Ladies is there anything I should add or something I got wrong?