Creating Female Characters
I’m working on the details of my character before I get too deep into my chapters and I started to think about the history of female characters. I have to admit, I’ve struggled with this one. I don’t want to make my female characters damsels in distress but I don’t want to make them Superwoman, unless I’m writing about superwoman. I think the idea of the woman who can do it all is also setting unrealistic expectations for current and future generations. Male or female, no one should have to be the one person show. To be honest those kind of characters in real life are kind of annoying.
I could make things simple and talk about this inner struggle with my character. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’m searching for her kryptonite that isn’t a man. If I make her too balance, then she becomes boring and who wants to read an “okay” character. If you do create a too perfect character, then the best part of working through the chapter is how they fall apart or handle struggles. As much as we don’t like to go through the struggles, they create character. They’re what create us in real life. We all share this one universal truth and no one gets through life unscathed.
Today’s post is short but I’m hoping some other writers out there can tell me about their favorite female characters. Comment and let me know what you’ve loved and hated about some of your characters.
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