Wednesday, I pose a new writing challenge here on the blog. These
challenges come from books on writing, classes I've taken on creative
writing, or sometimes just from my own imagination. If you're an author,
hopefully they will help you get your writing juices flowing and help
you improve your craft.
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This week we're talking about writing characters from backgrounds and experiences different from your own.
So let's try our hands at a gender bend!
Tell us about something you did today.
But change your gender.
Choose something that could be considerably different if your gender was different.
Some ideas include shaving, a morning exercise routine, caring for a baby, dropping your child off at school, getting a haircut, going out with friends (change their genders too, if you like), dating, getting ready for bed.
You can mention things like genitalia if it is important, but remember that genitalia is not the only, or even the biggest, difference in genders.
*Keep in mind that different experiences will depend on how others view your gender. People in your life may talk to you or react to you differently if you were a different gender.
*Think about the prejudices that exist against the gender you are choosing to write about. Especially if you choose to write about something traditionally done by one gender. For example, men may be unfairly received when they are dropping off a young child at school or participating in an activity like a bake sale.
* Think about physical differences other than those down below. Women, think about the differences between shaving your legs and shaving your face (consider the adam's apple!)
* If you're brave and you feel like an extra challenge, remember male and female are not the only genders to consider.