Advice on Writing – "How to Write a Good Heroine" – 3/24/2020

Too often do I hear or read the words that someone said, that are, “Why is she not doing anything?” But, what makes a good female character? It has to be a past.

There’s evidence behind the fact that women have more of a chance to develop Alzheimer’s Disease, because their brains possess a far more expansive network, when it comes to memory retention. To write a fleshed-out female character, the writer merely has to comprehend that memories and emotions, matter much for one. Because of that innate memory retention, women are profound listeners. “Doing something” doesn’t make a fleshed-out character, especially a female one. Too often do we want action, and never enough history. There is so much ammunition for a good female character, that resides within a past to discuss.

As a child, I saw my grandparents, and observed that my grandmothers possessed far greater hearing over my grandfathers. At my current age, I can now only assume that a woman’s ears are far more in use, than a man and his ears. To pay attention, must be something that contributes to Alzheimer’s, though I’m no doctor who specializes in that disease. But, I can understand at least that to a woman’s heart, vividness when it comes to memories, are very much related to what she finds important.

She sees. A woman sees, notices, and is most aware of things that surround her. Humanity is in her possession. Yet, she is caught up sometimes in what her past signals to her, and creates a false sense of strength by raising a wall between herself and future possible hurt.

Again, to create a good female character, one must add the details. Detail upon detail, because a good female character can create the very backbone and strength behind a tale. A past is full of details, and women often express what they feel, to the avail of wanting someone to understand what she says.

Action resembles independence, but a past can hold someone back, especially a woman, what with her vast network in terms of held-upon memories. She won’t find strength mainly in what she sees, but mostly in what she feels. What she feels, she will understand the most about herself.

All this, I have noticed on my own from having a dominantly female family.

Whatever can soothe a past, for a female character, a writer can write this out by conveying what can lead her away from such shadows.

Once more, a good female character should have vivid detail after vivid detail. She will remain a flat character, not a three-dimensional one, if she is not written with the details that relate so well to an intricate past.

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