Is it a load of Bollocks?

On attending a recent writers’ function, the topic of writing as the opposite sex was floated. People say it’s done to suit particular genres, but having read three of Robert Galbraith’s ‘Cormoran Strike’ novels, the text in no way ‘telegraphs’ the gender of the author. If a woman speaks of writing in a ‘male’ voice, does that ‘new’ voice really read any different from her own lexicographic construction? I wonder if, while writing a scene, she might depict a guy standing at a bar and scratching his ‘bollocks’. Does that necessarily mean that she has adopted a male voice?

I can understand the rationale if a woman chooses to write a war or espionage epic with heavy, gory, casualties it might just seem more ‘realistic’ if seen to be authored by a male. BUT, that does not necessarily mean it is written in a male voice – it ONLY means it is written under a male pseudonym!! Similarly, if a male is to write an erotic tale in the form of ‘Fifty Shades’ does it mean he has adopted a female voice?

I think I’ll stay as I am, although I do wonder if I sign off as Brutus Goldenstein, will anyone believe that I have written this in a male voice?  

Paige Elizabeth Turner
Paige writes across a variety of genres, but prefers to concentrate on her crime / mystery series featuring Private Investigator Olivia Watts and her Watts Happening? Investigations agency. Also dabbling in poetry, Paige produces emotive verse from romance through to environmental issues. Writing is her lifeblood, but as experienced by many writers, there’s a shortfall of financial nutrients feeding the blood.

3 Responses to “Is it a load of Bollocks?

  • Ana Salote
    5 months ago

    Interesting. I wonder if anyone’s done any blind trials to see if people can distinguish between male and female writers. Thinking of the last three books I read there did seem to be more dissecting of emotions from the female authors and more factual detail from the male author but maybe that’s me imposing my preconceptions.

  • Thanks, Ana. I always treasure your informed opinions and reasoning. Probably fair to say, though, that your ‘preconceptions’ are based solely on your reading experience, BUT that does seem to be a realistic assessment of what might be a key difference between the two genders.

  • I doubt that a man would write about bollock scratching. They do it so automatically that I don’t think it reaches their consciousness.

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