S3E4 – Writing Men, Part 1

In this episode of Doing Diversity in Writing, Bethany and guest host Louvie Tucker talk about writing better male characters. This is the first 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

  • Masculinity in terms of definition
  • How class affects definitions of masculinity
  • Deconstructing arrogance, emotionality, and protective instincts assigned to male characters
  • Should we write all male characters with straightforward personalities?
  • The male character, lust, and ego
  • Making room in our stories for male characters who aren’t leaders or in search of power
  • The myth of the capable gentleman
  • The effects of wish fulfilment writing on men

(Re)sources mentioned on the show

Articles we found problematic but are useful for conversation

Films and novels referenced during the episode

  • The Indiana Jones franchise
  • Gladiator starring Russel Crowe
  • The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Hunger Games series written by Suzanne Collins
  • John Wick 1, 2, & 3
  • The Visitor by Louvie Tucker
  • The Queen’s Enforcer by Ciara Darren

Find Louvie Tucker’s novel, The Visitor, here. Available in eBook and print form on Amazon, and as an eBook in most online stores.

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