When I read a female character, I sometimes get agitated. Why did she make that decision? Why does she ignore every warning sign? But then I remember how complicated our minds work (having three daughters, I get reminded of this fact many times a day).
At the end of the day, I need to feel passionate about characters. Sometimes that means I want to wring their neck. Actually, I best remember the characters that challenge the way I think. Who make choices I wouldn't necessarily make.
Women see life through a complicated lens. Consider the following lyrics:
A woman loves beyond her questions
And dreams beyond her doubts
Her heart will lead and she will follow
Even when there's no way out
Her eyes refuse to see the danger
As she walks right through the fire
A man may give himself to passion and desire
But a woman loves
(from Steve Wariner's A Woman Loves)
What do you think of the lyrics above? Does it give women too much credit or not enough?
A Round of Words in 80 Days (ROW80) Update
Cover & synopsis. Done and done. If you don't know who Jo Michaels is, you should check her out on her blog and at Indie Books Gone Wild. Mastermind, she is.
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