Writing women: gender role traps

I thought that, as a woman, writing strong female characters would be a snap. What I didn’t figure, was how easy it was to fall into stereotypical gender roles. After writing my latest historical fiction work with the plan to let women tackle adventure and adversity head on in true urban fantasy style, I came to the conclusion that focus was required with every page. Without focus, I found scenes appearing where the women were being saved, or at least helped an awful lot by the men in their lives, with men stepping up to take charge and take over. Where was this scene-stealing coming from? The answer is in the thousands of books I’ve read since I first started reading where this stereotype

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