Perspective is a bizarre thing. Its range and context shifts from one pair of eyes to the next. With eyes like cameras, we capture and digest the images that flash and dash in front of us. The balance of light and shadows develop in our mind and remain with us forever. It is a human process that goes beyond the angle in which we perceive something.
Perspective offers insight into the many ways and walks of life that float across the Earth over and over again.
Perspective can be the light of one’s home shining through the window into the darkest night. It is that rectangular glimpse inside their house as they shift about. It is the small glance into someone else’s world, someone’s life. It is conjuring stories about what their life is like, as you coast by.
Perspective is also a camera click. It is capturing a single second in time, a tiny fragment of the world and space that accelerates around us. It is snapping a moment from a particular angle, revealing it all or zooming in, letting everything else fall into the background, never to be seen.
When it comes to stories and the books that fill our shelves and are stacked on coffee tables, perspective is a whole other thing. It relates to the characters the most.
Each character is their own person. Just like how you are not like another human being. This makes it easy for each character to perceive a situation differently and react on a series of various spectrums.
The perspective that I will be focused on today, is the perspective of female versus male characters.
I have a theory that suggests it is most easy to write a character of the same gender as yourself. This insinuates that it is most easy for a female to write a female character and for a male to craft a male character.
As a female, this post will focus on the tips for development of male characters. If you are a master of female characters and believe this theory holds truth behind it, here are some tips and advice to best capture a male character’s perspective.
First, psychology studies claim that in an ordinary day, women speak more words than men. This relates to how women enjoy discussing their thoughts, feelings, and interactions of the day, while men enjoy this type of de-stressing much less.
When allowing a male character to speak, do not make their dialogue strings fit into a tiny container. In other words, do not conform too much to this idea that none of your male characters speak hardly at all. Their words deserve a spot in your story. Allow them to speak their minds, stand up for themselves, and even confess their love.
What this gap in daily discussion does suggest, is the types of details men notice. This is where perspective can shine through most prevalently.
A female and male character can watch the same scene, but will internally register, within their brain, different accounts. Both recognitions are relevant, so be sure to include these details in your story.
For example, the boy may capture the general idea of what the scene encompassed and what occurred. The girl may pick up on the smaller aspects, noticing more minuscule of details. Together, both realizations can help compliment and support each other if written carefully and thoughtfully.
Allow perspective to boost your story rather than hinder it.
Some stories do not include an even balance of female and male characters. A book might be told through a majority of female characters, while another novel might solely feature male characters. Having more of one gender than another will not hinder your book and lack perspective.
Remember, that not all females are the same and neither are all males. One male can be really intuitive and have good attention to detail. These people exist both in real life and inside the fictional realm. These tips, after all, are only at their strongest as a loose guide.
Secondly, people watching is one of the best ways to target behavior and language for both men and women. When in social settings, allow your ears to perk and tune into what is happening around you.
Think, what conversations are men engaging in? How are they speaking? What is their tone? Integrating real-life conversations that the opposite gender has, is a great way to keep such qualities as real and as accurate as possible.
When capturing conversation men engage in, the idea of stereotypes may come into play. It is true that many men like to discuss sports until the sun sets as well as which girls they find most attractive. However, not all men engage in these topics. Men do not have an obligation to talk about who won the game last night and which girl they are itching to get with.
These conversation topics might be considered stereotypes, however, there is truth and proof behind these discussions that men enjoy. In your story, test out some other talking points. Any topic can be turned to possess that “masculine” quality.
While writing a male character and allowing him to have a prominent spot in your story can seem intimidating in the beginning, if this choice is brand new for you, jumping in and taking the dive is the best strategy. Of course, analyzing how your favorite authors establish male characters can be a great way to begin researching. Each author is likely to write male characters differently. And you should too. Replicas are not welcome.