Teen Writing Tip

The three lead protagonists of Star Wars, from...

The three lead protagonists of Star Wars, from left to right: Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), and Han Solo (Harrison Ford). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



I remember the first female movie character that I admired.  It was Princess Leia from Star Wars.  I loved how tough she was and how he got the dudes out of trouble.  Growing up I use to watch old black and white TV shows where women would twist their ankle only to have a strong man have to carry her as they were chased by the bad guys. Along came Princess Leia and she helped to carry the guys.  And you can’t forget Ripley from Aliens who saved everyone from aliens.  Okay they basically all died but she was the one who lead the soldiers when they were too sacred to fight back.


There was Nancy Drew who had some guts too, geez how could I forget her?  Harriet the Sp Spy too.  For as long as I can remember I always longer for the strong woman as much as I wanted to grow up and be one! So think about who you are writing.  Who is this awesome gal?  Even if she has weaknesses and falls in love that sill doesn’t mean she had to be weak. Giving a character a weakness makes them human but just don’t make them weak.  Then again it would be interesting to see them evolve but remember that even Bella from Twilight has her strengths that went beyond being brave enough to date a vampire.




6 responses »

  1. Nice blog, Carol. When I was younger, I definitely was inspired by the Alien character, Ripley. I love writing strong female characters. Thanks for sharing. Congrats on writing your novel!

  2. I never considered Bella from Twilight brave or strong in any way. In the second book, all she does is throw herself into trouble hoping to see Edward. Oh, God!

    • True very true but in the end she was the one who could form a forcefield and protect the ones she loved. She was brave to go looking for her mother when she thought that evil vampire, James held her captive. Reading the book you really got a better picture of how she pined for Edward but in the end she did fight. They are definitely better heroine that her.

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