Archive for April 2nd, 2012

April 2, 2012

Writing Strong Leading Ladies

Pilar Alessandra recently spelled out ten tips for writing strong female lead characters. Here are her tips:

1. Turn The Tables on Female Stereotypes

Don’t ignore negative perceptions about women; challenge them by turning negative labels into positive traits for your character. “Gossipy” becomes well informed. “Catty” becomes competitive. And don’t forget that positive stereotypes are still stereotypes. Humanize the perfect model of a woman by showing the darker side.

2. Heighten Your Female Character’s Goals

The unappreciated temp doesn’t want to be noticed; she wants to be boss. The neglected wife doesn’t want to find out about her husband’s infidelity, she wants to get even. Scripts that think big sell!

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April 2, 2012

Quote of the Day: Zadie Smith

A writer’s duty is to register what it is like for him or her to be in the world.