The increasing competitiveness in publishing is forcing authors to take a good, hard look at all the factors that go into a bestselling (or even just a selling) book. Those factors include story, plot, and characterization. Yes, skill in the Craft is a huge part but all of that is apparent from the starting blurb all the way to the last page of the book.
Cross gender characterization is often the most difficult for authors because the resources are limited, biased or just not all that thorough. Yes, not all that thorough and limited are different here.
Some of what culture has put forth can be applied in the proper context. The Sex In The City girl has a place in romance novels where the heroine isn't looking for serious commitment and the story overall is not heavy. Most of my stories do NOT fit this profile, and even when I write contemporary I still put more depth in my heroines than what comes out in that particular example. There are reasons for why those women act that way and an understanding of those reasons makes for a better writer as you learn to craft characters with depth.
In this article on Savvy Authors, I’ll be giving you a few tips on creating characters and writing from the Male POV. These tips are pulled straight from my workshop: Writing from the Male POV and Creating Better Heroes.
Savvy Authors - Basics of Male POV by Sascha Illyvich
Sascha Illyvich is slated to teach Male POV for Romance Authors at Savvy Authors starting January 13th! Sign up at their site!