S3E3 – Writing Women We Want to Read, Part II

In this episode of Doing Diversity in Writing, we—Bethany and Mariëlle—talk about writing better female characters. This is the second part of a two-part episode on the topic.

Listen to it here on Podbean or find us on your favourite podcast app.

What we talked about

  • Words and descriptions to avoid when describing women
  • Words and description to deeply consider before using them
  • Gendered words to avoid or consider when writing about women
  • The ridiculous misconceptions there are about the female body and how to describe the body and bodily functions right
  • How the (male) author’s Point of View can skew descriptions and characterizations of female characters
  • Making sure your own POV won’t get in the way of your female characters’ POVs
  • Some final thoughts about the “strong female character” and how we should expand our definition of “strong”

(Re)sources mentioned on the show

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