The lovely Elizabeth's question for me this week is... "The male POV (point of view). How do you go about getting into a male's frame of mind? Does it come naturally?"
Great question, thank you, and first of all, I really do need to say that I don't know if I write the male POV well. I think I do; I feel I do, and yes, it does come more naturally to me than writing the female POV, but because I don't actually have a penis, I don't know if I am qualified to be the final judge on whether I do it well.
Having said that, I know a few men who I personally feel "think like women" :D so who knows... I don't really know if I believe that men are from Mars and women are from Venus. Those are just more labels, and you all know how I feel about labels. We all just think the way we think.
As a child, I always got on with boys better than girls, and as a woman, I generally still get on better with men than women. Of course, there are exceptions.
I don't do anything special in terms of "thinking a certain way" when I write from the POV of Gwain, Pueblo, Paul, Karl, Lawrence, Taylor, Ryan or Amil. I mean, they're all men, but they still all have different personalities. Some men are nerdy, sweet and quietly insecure. Some men are cold and calculating. Some men are giant, protective teddy bears.
The female characters are all different too, I just find it a little harder to express their thoughts sometimes. I couldn't tell you exactly why though. I tend to be quite a visual person, like many men are, and I can have quite a dry, crude, gory and inappropriate sense of humour (most of which I keep to myself in real life because I don't want to lose the very few female friends I have, lol) which I'm sure I channel into my males as a way to get it out of me - ha! Who says writing isn't therapeutic.
So, there you have it.
But you all already knew I was a little weird, right?
Dianna x ( <----- I still do girly things, though, like put kisses at the end of posts and comments :D )