As authors, we often find ourselves writing in the POV of the opposite sex. If you're a woman, did you ever wonder if your male characters sound like women or vice versa if you're a man?
Yeah, me neither. That is until Lori Wilde
smacked me upside the head.
Leslie, he sounds too girly, man him up…
WHAT? My very masculine hero? Never… But Lori pointed me to some very interesting research and a tool that has changed how I write the opposite sex.
The tool is Gender Genie
, and it’s based on a set of analyses and an algorithm developed by Moshe Koppel, Bar-Ilan University in Israel, and Shlomo Argamon, Illinois Institute of Technology. A PDF of the original article, Gender, Genre, and Writing Style in Formal Written Texts
, is available online. The paper is well-written and the algorithm is developed from a nice, fat data-set, which makes my scientist's heart sing.