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Jennifer Lawler

Molly, “Man Thoughts” made me laugh! Yes, part of the problem with writing the opposite sex comes from trying too hard to “sound” like a man or a woman rather than embodying the voice of this particular character. Getting deeper into POV is a great way to write more realistic characters of whatever gender. As you say, focusing only on what this one character is thinking, doing, experiencing, not only eliminates unnecessary exposition, it also helps prevent head-hopping, and makes it likelier that the author won’t end up with unfortunate stereotypes!