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Fanfic Writing Meme #6

So, I got a bit of inspiration for the last unwritten chapter of the long fic I've been avoiding for a while, but the problem is that now that I'm writing it, I'm starting to think that I need to add more chapters like it to the earlier parts of the fic. This thing is getting out of hand! Sigh. I have a feeling it's going to end up taking a full year to write, and the sad thing is that it really isn't all that great. It's not so much a story as it is an experiment.

6. When you write, do you prefer writing male or female characters?

Hm. This was actually a difficult question for me to answer. My first instinct was to answer "male," because in general, I tend to identify with men more than I do women. But then, I thought about the OCs in my fics (mostly unfinished, unpublished ones, as I have few OCs in my published ones) and looked to see what gender I made them and why. And I think the honest answer to the question is "no."

I seem to select the gender of the character based on how the character feels to me, not because I have a preference for writing one gender or the other. I have one character who is part of a quasi-religious order and who I made female because she felt like a female, and thus the order was then designed to be a female order (the Sisters of Some-Made-Up-Alien-Word-I-Can't-Remember-Right-Now). Her good friend wants to join the order, but he felt male, and so he's becoming a lay adherent. Another OC is female because the story works better with a female. And then there's a bunch of OCs that don't have a choice about their genders: e.g. Donna's friends are female; John Smith's coworkers at Farringham are male.

I really don't have any problems writing one gender or the other, and I let the story and characters dictate gender choice. I do wonder sometimes if men in all-male groups behave the way I picture; I really have no idea if two men would have the heartfelt discussion about girlfriends the way Rory and David did in The Actor. (Reminds me of the fact that Jane Austen never wrote any scenes in which a woman could not be present, because she felt that she could not accurately depict such a scene.) But then I figure, maybe men in general wouldn't, but there's always some men who will. It's really not a question of gender, but of personality.

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Jul. 2nd, 2014 08:24 pm (UTC)
Better question would have been 'what personality type do you like to write', lol!! I generally write from a male POV. I feel more comfortable in it than I do writing for a female. I dunno why, but even as a female I find women range from boring to just uncomfortable. I prefer writing men, but I do have some women that I enjoy writing, I just don't write for them often...

Jul. 2nd, 2014 08:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, now that's a much more interesting question. The most comfortable, of course, is to write something close to myself, but it's neither interesting nor challenging (to me). The most fun to write, to me anyway, are brash people, who aren't afraid to blurt out what they're thinking. First, it challenges me to put words in their mouths that I would never say myself. And second, their mouths often get them into very interesting situations.

I do coincide with you that I feel more comfortable with a male POV. I don't know why either.
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