by Randy Murray on April 17, 2014


Female. Feminine. Woman.

“She” is more specific than “you.” You may be anyone. As used here, it is not as specific as identifying a particular person or character by name. For the writer, writing from the perspective of another, specifically female person, requires insight and information. Not only about what she sees, and what she thinks, but does being female affect the experience of a specific event? How and why is this a specifically female, not just a general, perspective?

This can be difficult if the writer is male, but it is no less difficult for female writers. This person, this female, is other—someone else. That requires an attempt by the writer to understand this different perspective.

The writer remains. “I” is still the anchor. “She” is an extrapolation.

Today pick a simple incident that you have personally witnessed and write about it with a focus on another person present, a woman, who might have experienced the event.



She by Randy Murray, unless otherwise expressly stated, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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