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Erika Hayes, Author – Write like a reader, read like a writer and edit like a beast!

Writer's-Brain-Workout---changeitupBeginning a new project is always fun!  Writers love meeting new characters and getting to know them and the story they have to tell.

There are times I have read books and thought, a woman would have handled that differently.  (Because I am a woman.)   This workout is to challenge you, the writer to try different things.  It is not meant to be easy.  I would love to see how you can take a protagonist and change his/her gender.  How does it change your story?  Think about how it could better or make it worse.  On a personal note, I have a masculine communication style and struggle sometimes to write the softer side of women.  Using a male protagonist is often easier.  I found that writing a female protagonist helped me to find the softer side.

My example is below:

Male Protagonist: Watching an action film.

Dean grabbed a beer out of the fridge, “Mike, you want something?”

“Nah, thanks.”

The channel surfing had ended on an old action film.  The two cops on the screen pulled out weapons as Dean flopped into the chair. “Dude, he shot that guy between the eyes, no way with that gun.”

Mike laughed as he pointed a finger gun at Dean, “Maybe you couldn’t.”

“Whatever, dude. You can’t even shoot a Needler in Halo and it locks on to the target.”

They both laughed because they knew it was true.

 

Female Protagonist: Watching an action film

Carly grabbed a beer from the fridge, “Tiff, you want something?”

“No, thanks.”

The channel surfing came to a rest on an old action film.  The two cops on the screen pulled out weapons as Carly sat down.  “Oh, my gosh, that’s gross. He shot that guy between the eyes.”

Tiffany’s eyebrows wiggled and she smiled at her friend, “Yeah, but he sure looks good in those jeans.”

“Not as nice as the guy he just shot.”

Both women laughed because they knew it was true.

 

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