I’ve now written dozens of books with strong heroines.
For what it’s worth, here are my rules…
Rule One. “Of course you realize, this means war.”
I also call this the Bugs Bunny Rule. If your character strikes first, then she is the bully. But, if your character is patient before defending herself? That’s something else. Wash, rinse, repeat.
Rule Two. You, me, we.
What’s interesting about writing about a couple (to me, anyway!) is how the you and me make a we. How are these two characters better together? And what’s a unique way to show how that we impacts the world?
Rule Three. All that is strong does not carry weapons.
In my writing, characters don’t have to be a warrior in order to fight like hell. In fact, I like having some some folks fight with weapons beside others who battle via intellect or emotion.
Rule Four. Being an asshole is not a sign of strength.
Again, this really goes back to item number one. If a character mouths off at someone just for looking at them funny? Not okay.
Rule Five. No Whining.
If a character doesn’t like something, they need a scheme to fix it. At least, that’s my plan 🙂
So, there you have it: my rules for writing kick-ass heroines who aren’t a**holes.
Now, back to my latest manuscript!