Monday, September 28, 2015

Monday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Rayne Hall

MEN AND WOMEN experience the world differently. In the same situation, they’re programmed to notice different things first. This is important for authors who write from the point of view of the opposite gender.

Things men tend to notice most
  • Body postures
  • Female body shapes, especially breasts (regardless of whether or not he fancies the woman)
  • Anything to do with hierarchy (especially their own, and other men’s, place in the pecking order)
  • The size of things, especially their height
  • The speed of things, especially cars
  • Anything to do with motors
  • Tools
  • Weapons

Things women tend to notice most
  • Facial expressions
  • Subtle changes in the sound of a voice
  • Clothes (color, cut, fabric, design, fashion, quality, style)
  • Interpersonal relationships (who is on what terms with whom)
  • Other people’s emotions
  • Textures
  • Flowers
  • Children
  • Furniture and interior decorating

Of course, individual characters may be different. Gender is not the only factor; personal interests and training also play a big role. A male fashion designer will pay attention to clothes and fabrics, and a female mechanic to motors and tools.

Also consider whether the character grew up in a society that encouraged gender-typical interests. Male and female brains are naturally programmed to perceive things differently, but these differences can diminish or increase depending on what society expects. If your characters lives in a world that values feminine women and masculine men, and where the genders have strictly divided roles, the differences will be great.

Here are some examples of typical female and male POV

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