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CharlotteRusse1
Posted: Tuesday, September 06, 2011 9:32:56 PM

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I tried a bit of POV switching in one of my Alpha Male stories. I don't know how successful it was but it was fun to do. I assumed a "lustful predator" attitude for the guy. A stereotype, of course.

I read that Mars/Venus book once. It went something like "Men like to solve problems. Women like to talk about their feelings." It made me feel like I have lots of male tendencies for a woman. I like to solve problems (and talk about my feelings afterwards).

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Posted: Tuesday, September 06, 2011 9:49:37 PM

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As a reader, it is always a pleasant surprise to realize that the writer was writing in the opposite gender. I think it says something about their skill.

As a writer - I love the challenge.

SensualDesires83
Posted: Tuesday, September 27, 2011 4:47:30 PM

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Several of my stories are written from the female perspective. I have been around women all my life, both in family and at work. When I was even in high school, I was friends with the girls more than I was with the guys, and I do not mind admitting that one bit. I just got along with them better and to tell you the truth, I still do. Don't get me wrong, I still have many "guy" friends and hang out with them as well.

Plus, I have heard so many things from so many women, things a man is not supposed to hear (most of the time), I feel I have a good perspective from the opposite sex. Now, I am not saying I will ever in my life understand women; I am just saying that sometimes, I find it easier to write from a woman's point of view.

"So don't cry to me.
If you loved me,
You would be here with me.
Don't lie to me,
Just get your things.
I've made up your mind."

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Posted: Friday, September 30, 2011 12:12:01 PM

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I read a lot of articles with writing advice and an author (I have no idea who anymore) gave the advice that beginning writers should always write from a character's point of view as far way from themselves as possible to keep themselves out of the character. Her advice was basically men should write as women and women should write as men, until they can keep their emotions/actions/feelings out of the character's actions/emotions/feelings. It is to avoid the 'me' character.
naughtiestmommy
Posted: Tuesday, May 01, 2012 4:22:40 AM

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I'm going to expand on this a bit later, but for now I'd suggest researching "right vs. left brain dominance". It's categorically one if the best opportunities for insight into the opposite gender, and even your own. As a rule: men are inherently right brain oriented, but because 90% of men are right-handed, they have more bilateral optimization. Men tend to be more visually oriented, where as the vast majority of women tend to be left brain dominant and, therefore, more emotive. More on this in a bit.

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Posted: Thursday, May 03, 2012 11:17:06 PM

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The story I'm currently working on is in two parts - his and hers. I've written from the female perpective, without too much difficulty. I am finding the male perspective far more challenging. I like to be able to portray personality in my characters, and the lead male in my story is someone in real life very close to me. I want him to be recognisable to himself (only) from my words, and that's the bit that's proving tricky.

I will get there!
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Sensei
Posted: Friday, May 25, 2012 4:31:14 AM

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The story I just finished was written not only from the perspective of the opposite gender, but the perspective of a submissive (in reality, I am a dom). I took that on as a sort of double challenge.

If you can't get a co- or ghost writer of the correct... polarity... then just read as much as you can and try your best. Whatever you say, be confident saying it. If you have any doubts, then they'll come through, and it won't be as good.

My novel, The Society, is available now in the Kindle Store: http://www.amazon.com/The-Society-ebook/dp/B00BPF9U2I
Sensei
Posted: Friday, May 25, 2012 4:34:15 AM

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Guest wrote:
I read a lot of articles with writing advice and an author (I have no idea who anymore) gave the advice that beginning writers should always write from a character's point of view as far way from themselves as possible to keep themselves out of the character. Her advice was basically men should write as women and women should write as men, until they can keep their emotions/actions/feelings out of the character's actions/emotions/feelings. It is to avoid the 'me' character.


That's probably good advice when writing pure fiction, but a lot of the stories posted here - ostensibly - are portrayals of real events. It's only natural that those be told in the first person.

My novel, The Society, is available now in the Kindle Store: http://www.amazon.com/The-Society-ebook/dp/B00BPF9U2I
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