We tend to see one-dimensional female characters over and over again in popular literature. While we know that these characters are boring and frustrating to read about, it can be difficult for authors to break out of these reductive stereotypes and offer readers good examples of strong and varied female characters.
A prevalent form of one-dimensional characters tend to be those who lack depth of personality and fail to show a progression or development throughout the narrative of the story. Female versions of these one-dimensional characters are a lot more common than their male counterparts, and they typically fall into a series of recognisable tropes. From the teenage dystopian heroines whose only character trait is stubbornness (I’m looking at you, Katniss Everdeen) to the damsel in distress featured in all heroic journeys and the ‘nerd’ who takes off her glasses to become beautiful. All of these tropes are seen far too often, and when you are writing your characters it is all too easy to fall into one of these pre-set characterisations. Below are some ways to avoid this:
These are just a few ways to avoid creating a one-dimensional female character. If you would like more advice concerning your female characters why don’t you check out our Writing Advisor Service, which provides professional advice personalised to you no matter which stage you are at, from beginning drafts to final touches! For more information, head over to our website or get in contact. We’d love to chat with you about your next steps to publishing your book!