When you are sitting in front of your computer thinking, “What would a man do in this situation?” you are already a step removed from the character. Your character is not a representative of mankind, thinking man thoughts in a manly way. He’s Paul, and there are many unique things about him. Yes, his maleness is one, but he has a lot of notable personality quirks, any one of which may be much more defining in the given situation. He is introspective, spiritual; he shuts down when his emotions get too much for him; he doesn’t like spicy foods, and so on.
It’s like when I was first dating. I didn’t know what the whole thing was about, and I wanted to be better at it. So I got all these books that claimed they would help me figure men out. You know the ones, Mars and Venus and so on. You know what? They didn’t help because I wasn’t dating “men.” I was dating a specific man and the best way to relate to him was not to learn about males as a class and then extrapolate to him as an individual.
I'm the author of the novel Angel and a dozen other books on topics ranging from Elvis Impersonation to the science behind annoying things. My most recent non-fiction title was "Broke is Beautiful."
The San Francisco Chronicle said, "Lee's dry, humorous tone makes her a charming companion… She has a penchant for wordplay that is irresistible."
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