#Review “How Not to Write Female Characters” by Lucy V Hay

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5/5 Stars!

I’ve read dozens of resources on writing over the last few years and How to Not Write Female Characters zooms straight to the top of the list.

The author’s light but focused approach sheds the industry double-speak and gets right to the heart of the matter—the way females are depicted in literature and subsequently, television and movies.

Using current popular works from a variety of mediums as examples, author Lucy V Hay explains the type of characters that pull readers in and holds their attention by detailing what types of characters should not be written, without being arrogant or preachy.

This read was also thought-provoking as it made me look back on my favorite female characters and found they were not tropey, cookie cutter types playing one of the roles from Hay’s NOT lists. Instead, the characters were well fleshed out with attributes and deeper personalities that went beyond being beautiful and desired.

How Not to Write Female Characters isn’t just good writing advice, it’s a valuable tool any author should own because this short read isn’t just about the kick-ass hottie or lead love interest, but all female characters.

Enjoy!

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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.

Currently FREE on all retailers!

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#1DayBlogBlitz “How Not to Write Female Characters” by Lucy V Hay

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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.

Currently FREE on all retailers!

Amazon   Barnes & Noble   Kobo

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REVIEWS FOR LUCY V’S WRITING ADVICE:

‘A timely guide to creating original characters and reinvigorating tired storylines. ‘
– Debbie Moon, creator and showrunner, Wolfblood (BBC)

‘Lucy V. Hay nails it’
– Stephen Volk, BAFTA-winning screenwriter: Ghostwatch, Afterlife, The Awakening

‘Packed with practical and inspirational insights’
– Karol Griffiths, development consultant and script editor, clients include ITV, BBC, Warner Brothers

‘A top-notch, cutting-edge guide to writing and selling, not just practical but inspirational. Lucy’s distinctive voice infuses the entire journey. Quite brilliant. Here’s the woman who’ll help you make things happen.’
– Barbara Machin, award-winning writer & creator of Waking the Dead

‘Delivers the stirring call to arms that writers must not only write, but take their work to the next level themselves, making sacrifices and taking risks if they want to see their stories on screen.’
– Chris Jones, Filmmaker, Screenwriter & Creative Director at the London Screenwriters Festival

‘Writing and Selling Thriller Screenplays is a must-read for any writer, producer or director looking to create (or in the process of creating) a thriller production. It could also be immensely useful for those generally curious about the genre or looking to learn more.’ – Film Doctor

‘Lucy V Hay explains what a script reader and editor’s role in film-making, tells you to work on your concepts and that dialogue is the last thing to work on in her new book.’ – Brit Flicks

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Lucy V HayAuthor Bio

Lucy V. Hay is an author, 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 also 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.

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Song Lyric Sunday | “I Will Be” – Wynonna Judd

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  Rat/Ox/Tiger/Rabbit/Dragon/Snake/Horse/Sheep/Monkey/Rooster/Dog/Pig.

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I first heard I Will Be by Wynonna Judd on an episode of Army Wives almost ten years ago. She sang it during a “live” USO performance. The anthem-like song about self-awareness stuck with me and sits on several of my playlists still today.

I chose it for this week’s challenge because of the second line of the second verse: Never cross the open field for the one snake in the grass.

It’s a great song and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Fun Facts:

  • I Will Be appears on Wynonna’s 2003 album What the World Needs Now is Love.
  • The song was not released as a single.
  • I Will Be was originally recorded by country singer Lila McCann in 1999 and appears on her album, Something in the Air.

Enjoy!

See my Song Lyric Sunday selection for FeliciaDenise.com.

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Disclaimer: I have no copyrights to the song and/or video and/or hyperlinks to songs and/or videos and/or gifs above. No copyright infringement intended.

I Will Be

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