Remember how last time I said I wanted to edit four short stories. I’ve printed them out, got them bound and I’m on the first go round. I’ve noticed a disturbing trend about the women in my stories. They’re hard nuts to crack. In a word, unforgiving. They’ve been though tough situations and had choices made for them, but eventually they stood tall and took control of their lives.
When I come across a difficult character in a book, he/she has to have some redeeming quality. Reading about a Scrooge-without-a-reason will turn me off quicker than you can say ‘turn-the-page’. Show me why your character is acting the way he/she does and early enough so that I don’t get to the point where I want to wring somebody’s neck.
Not all of my female characters are snarky, mind you. Most of them are strong women, who’ve been battered by life, but know what they want, and reach for their dreams.
If you’re a writer, do you notice a recurring pattern in the male/female characters you write and as a reader, do you like a certain kind of character?
Here's a link that's a reminder of how not to treat characters.