Creative writing is challenging. As well as crafting an engaging, well researched and coherent story, one must also create interesting and believable characters that readers can find an emotional connection with.

If this viral Twitter thread is anything to go by, it seems that many male authors are struggling to create female characters that women can empathize with. This particular discussion began after author Gwen C. Katz tweeted

“A male author is insisting that he is living proof that it's possible for a male author to write an authentic female protagonist.”

She then proceeded to present his cringeworthy, boob-heavy example, which only served to reinforce her point. Although it absolutely is possible for men to write realistic female narrators, this is definitely not a good example.

The tweet kicked off a challenge: “Describe yourself like a male author would.” People jumped on board with glee, writing brilliantly creative and funny offerings that are as eye-opening as they are entertaining.  

Because while the thread is absolutely hilarious for its comedy portrayals, it also highlights the frustration that many women feel about the way they are viewed by men. Women are people first of all, and the overly sexualized lens that many guys view them through is both unrealistic and unwelcome. Male authors like Katz's unnamed example, who project their physically-focused ideals onto their female characters are deserving of this kind of mockery. That said, men need not be afraid to write from a female perspective. They just need to do it well!

Scroll down below to read some of our favorite examples from the thread, and let us know what you think in the comments!

This discussion began after author Gwen C. Katz tweet:

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She then presented the cringeworthy example which only served to reinforce her point

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The tweet kicked off a unique challenge

challenge-describe-yourself-like-male-author-would-whitney-reynolds-1And many women jumped on board with glee

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lazy panda 1 year ago

I can't help but read this in Trump's voice.

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Toni Apps 1 year ago

Hahaha... Well done....

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Acquandist Hamilton 1 year ago

I just died. LOL

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Sarcasticow 1 year ago

Ahahaha, the damn face which kept speaking

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Bepina 1 year ago

hahahahahahah great one

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Pamela 1 year ago

Booby breasts ! Hahaha

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Alia Ris 1 year ago

yes! because female always "contemplated the roundness of her own boobs" before talking in a meeting. Nicely done! X'D

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Madara Nīgale 1 year ago

This one!

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Neeraj Jha 1 year ago

I like that kind of pretty as that prettiness lasts longer, you know.

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Hazel Beswick 1 year ago

would rather have the ice cream!

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TwiceRice23 1 year ago

Yes. Can we PLEASE find another term for "almond shaped eyes?"

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Elizabeth Zimmerman 1 year ago

She dodged a bullet there!

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Erin Sheppard 1 year ago

this.

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anarkzie 1 year ago

That's both sad and beautifully phrased.

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Zori the degu 1 year ago

Oh, no, I thought it was a badly drawn cheshire cat at first! :D

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K. LNU 1 year ago

... "and eyes" - LOL! love it!

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Eliane Prado 1 year ago

Perfect.

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Iapetos 1 year ago

We made brief eye contact and she scared me LOL

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Dowbo 1 year ago

Giganto hahahaha

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Zori the degu 1 year ago

"The author moved on quickly, thinking she would be an admirable opponent if he made her angry right now."

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TwiceRice23 1 year ago

This.

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Zori the degu 1 year ago

:(

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Teresa Anthony 1 year ago

Claps aggressively

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Mira Maier 1 year ago

That actually is a great sentence that could be used for a great amount of men I've met.

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Toni Apps 1 year ago

How about.... she had a mind more powerful than any male sarcasm could conquer....😊

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ALIYAH ALLEN 1 year ago

ha! ha! that's great!

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Carol Williams 1 year ago

Sounds like me...sigh...

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anarkzie 1 year ago

Ah! Jurassic Park

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KT Trondsen 1 year ago

LOL

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Sofie Agni 1 year ago

They have knowledge. and in my opinion, even though somebody doesn't look young anymore they are still beautiful in their own way.

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TwiceRice23 1 year ago

I'm starting to feel really grossed out reading these.

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Anne 1 year ago

Bwahahaha monthly period :D

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Stannous Flouride 1 year ago

Is she single? Dating anyone?

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Stef Bollen 1 year ago

I kinda like this one :)

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Elizabeth Zimmerman 1 year ago

Sure. Laugh it up, Fuzzball.

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Shauday Smith 1 year ago

oooooh.. she sounds fun

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weatherwitch 1 year ago

This. The 'imperfect' female.... 😩😢

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Skylar Rowe 1 year ago

Love the ending!

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Juana 1 year ago

):

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Elizabeth Zimmerman 1 year ago

Nope. This sounds like something my mother would say.

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Teresa Anthony 1 year ago

This one is rather nice

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My O My 1 year ago

Is this nice or sad?

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weatherwitch 1 year ago

I'm really sorry but when you said she rolled her eyes out, I had a mental image of a woman literally removing her eyeballs and rolling them over a table to the horror of the terrible male author sitting opposite... 😂😂

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Destiny Rose 1 year ago

Well that escalated quickly.

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anarkzie 1 year ago

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I thought the point was to write how a male author would describe you not how you want to be seen, "hey everyone look at me, I'm so non conformist" "bro check this chick out, she refusing to conform to society standards of beauty" Said no man ever.

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Elizabeth Zimmerman 1 year ago

Better than unsure hips...

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Sarah Baldwin 1 year ago

🎶 "In the not too distant future..."🎶

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My O My 1 year ago

Jellyfish really are imature!

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My O My 1 year ago

Phew, what would have happened if there hadn't been a sudoku at hand?

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Jess Bain 1 year ago

This is actually really well said!! Id like to think I light up a room with something other than my tits!

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