My writing tends to focus on the male characters a lot. Not sure why that is. Maybe it’s because they’re the ones that I find most interesting and most different from me. Let’s face it; while my female characters are not me, I can definitely relate to them. Without coming across as too sexist or stereotypical, I can use myself as an example of how a woman would react in certain situations. I can also use myself as the means to figure out a character who would act in direct opposition to me.
But the male characters are a little trickier, especially when it comes to how they think. I have no siblings, so I don’t have a brother I can refer to. I have plenty of male friends, but I don’t think I could face any of them ever again if I based any of my characters on them. Therefore, I tend to ask my husband a lot of questions.
Most of the conversations between my husband and I have to do with what a man would notice first, or how he would talk on the phone
I remember one scene I was writing for A Heart of Little Faith had to do with a dream sequence that would repeat itself throughout the book. The hero was the one having the dream. Well, I know how I dream and could probably come up with a convincing dream for a woman, but I wanted to make sure the dream worked for a man. Or at least that the reader could potentially think that a man had this dream. So I ran it by my husband, tweaked it a bit, and hoped it would work.
Perspective is important because it’s what enables the writer to bring the characters alive. If all of my characters sound like me, that’s going to be one boring, one-dimensional story. What methods do you use to gain perspective?