Simple Men vs. Women Writing Tip

Fantastic writing tip from my husband, for all of you women writers (I had him line-by-line critique a chapter-long dialogue by my male character): Women often talk as if things are done TO them. Men talk like they DO things.

For instance:
Woman: “He hurt me, so I didn’t let anyone get close to me.”
Man: “She was scum, so I didn’t get close to anyone.”

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4 thoughts on “Simple Men vs. Women Writing Tip

    • Ah yes. Good point!

      He also reminded me that people lose adjectives when they’re angry. To have someone be furious, going, “She was a nasty, self-centered person and I was dramatically livid,” makes no sense. 😛 Would be much more reasonable to go, “I hate you, you witch!” 😛

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  1. Very true! I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the differences between male & female dialogue. I recently read a few books where the men had a tendency to make long, passionate speeches and it just came across highly unrealistic to me.

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    • He also reminded me that people lose adjectives when they’re angry. To have someone be furious, going, “She was a nasty, self-centered person and I was dramatically livid,” makes no sense. 😛 Would be much more reasonable to go, “I hate you, you witch!” 😛

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