Can I, as a female, write through the eyes of a male character?
I have to admit, that I have done it countless times without ever questioning myself. It is something I have done on not too rare an occasion, break literary rules. This is not because I think rules are made to be broken (how can any mother of young children think such a thing!), but because I do not tend to guide my writing. What happens, happens.
Yes, I am even trying to publish a short story that alternates viewpoints, and one of them is male! But, it is quite possibly my favorite short that I ever wrote, so I am not re-writing -YET. And if I do, I think the entire story will be from the male perspective.
Recently, it occurred to me: what if my characters are not realistic – what do I know about being male, after all? Yet, this is one criticism I have never received from any of my male readers. In order to still my fears, I have decided that fiction is fiction, and if I can write a story with women as leading characters living in conditions that are not mine, then I can do the same thing with men. It brings to mind the fantasy author Robert Jordan that I began reading as a teenager, and how impressed I was by how accurate his females were. Perhaps many of my characters come out as men, because I have read so many novels with a man’s perspective.