I have something a little different for you all today, a review of Lucy V Hay’s How not to Write Female Characters. Lucy is not only an amazing author – here are my reviews of her psychological thrillers Do No Harm and The Other Twin – she also writes wonderful writing advice books and runs the brilliant site, Bang2Write … If you’ve yet to discover this website, go there now!
It is a fantastic resource for authors and Lucy’s advice will blow your mind, seriously. I can, and have, spent whole days reading through her articles!
Now, her latest book is all about writing female characters, here’s the blurb …
Female characters. When fifty per cent of your potential target audience is female, if you’re not writing them in your screenplay or novel? You’re making a BIG mistake!
But how should you approach your female characters? That’s the million dollar question … After all, women in real life are complex, varied and flawed. Knowing where to start in creating three dimensional female characters for your story is extremely difficult.
So … perhaps it’s easier to figure out how NOT to write female characters?
Script editor, novelist and owner of the UK’s top screenwriting blog http://www.bang2write.com, Lucy V Hay has spent the last fifteen years reading the slush pile. She has learned to spot the patterns, pitfalls and general mistakes writers make when writing female characters – and why.
In How Not To Write Female Characters, Lucy outlines:
•WHO your character is & how to avoid “classic” traps and pitfalls
•WHAT mistakes writers typically make with female characters
•WHERE you can find great female characters in produced and published content
•WHEN to let go of gender politics and agendas
•WHY female characters are more important than ever
Lucy is on a mission to improve your writing, as well as enable diverse voices and characters to rise to the top of the spec pile.
My thoughts …
Once again, Lucy brings her wealth of experience to the masses. How Not to Write Female Characters is one of her best yet and is an absolute must-read for anyone wanting to get their characters right.
Just shy of 50 pages, the advice she manages to get inside is brilliant. Drawing examples from movies, books, and TV shows over the last 30 years, Hay shows us how the female character has, and hasn’t in some cases, developed over the ages, and shows us how to get it right.
How Not to Write Female Characters is full of information which will help authors at any stage in their career, whether just starting out or about to publish their 50th novel, all will take something from this and I strongly recommend you download it!
I’d also recommend you look at her other advice books, Writing and Selling Drama Screenplays may have screenplay in the title but it’s not just for script writers, the advice Lucy shares will prove invaluable to anyone who writes anything!
Go and check her out, now!
About the author …
Lucy V. Hay is a novelist, script editor and blogger who helps writers via her Bang2write consultancy. Lucy is the producer of two Brit Thrillers, DEVIATION (2012) and ASSASSIN (2015), as well as the script editor and advisor on numerous other features and shorts. Lucy’s the author of WRITING AND SELLING THRILLER SCREENPLAYS for Kamera Books’ “Creative Essentials” range, as well as its follow ups on DRAMA SCREENPLAYS and DIVERSE CHARACTERS for fiction as well as screenwriting. Her debut crime novel, THE OTHER TWIN, is now out with Orenda Books and has been featured in The Sun and Sunday Express Newspapers, plus Heatworld and Closer Magazine.