I’m continuing to write to you from the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association’s Summer Writer’s Conference, where Jane Porter teaches writers about creating an unforgettable heroine. Here’s what I learned in her class:
Female characters must be believable. If you use a caricature, make it clear in your writing that it is a caricature. Go with depth, go with what’s real.
Women have fought hard to reach equity in the workplace, but the moment women come on strong, they can come across as witches. There must be a reason for the reader to care about the character in her book, so don’t alienate your reader by creating untouchable heroines. Make them approachable.