73,714 words, and my girls are amazing!

Well on track these days I reckon, with a few weeks to go until the re-writing stage needs to be over and the editing will begin. Feeling pretty good. Might pre-celebrate with some more world cup wake-ups and enjoy a tasty beverage.

Today a good friend of mine sent me a link about writing female characters that absolutely made my day. You might have noticed I’ve been worrying about this in a few posts so far, and it had become a bit of a theme… well that’s done now. I’m not scared anymore. Bring it on. Me and my girls are ready.

The five ladies in my current story passed all of the tests. All five are strong female characters. Couldn’t be more proud.

This did make me wonder about one thing though. What about my earlier (unfinished) works? Oh… oh dear. That’s a hell of a lot of femme fatales and damsels…

There are probably a lot of amazing authors who’ve helped me out (by me reading them, not them actually communicating with me), but Laurell K Hamilton, George R.R Martin, Jim Butcher, & writer/director Joss Whedon are probably the ones that have had the most influence on my writing when it comes to gals.

Which authors that you know of write female characters really well, and who could do better?

Best regards,


About D.R.Sylvester

A Clinical Research Associate by day (google it), writer by night, D.R.Sylvester lives in Sydney, Australia with his patissiere wife and Siberian Wolf. His interests include travel, music (predominantly Metal), reading, & archery.
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