Looking through my notebooks and old stories, I’ve come to a realization.
I’m female both by sex and gender, and quite like being a girl. I just don’t write many female characters.
It’s not even that the percentages are close but slightly off. I’d wager a good 80% of my characters are male.
I enjoy writing historical fiction; the Royal Navy of Nelson’s era was my first main interest. And even though there were women aboard (wives, passengers and the like), the Brave Woman (or Girl) Who Dresses Up as a Man and Saves the Day bore me. The social hierarchies and ways of life are what really interest me, not throwing a female main character into the mix because it is the Modern Females Rule way.
2). What I Read.
The books I read are male dominated, at least in the main character category. O’Brian, Bruce Alexander, Tolkien…and, of course, the vast number of biographies and other assorted histories I enjoy. Not to mention male authors.
3). My Strong Dislike of Writing Love Stories.
By throwing a female MC into the loop, I’m afraid of turning it into a love story.
Of course, I don’t even know how well I write male characters. Oh well.