Insomnia, although painful and annoying, has its uses.
During my extremely long night last night, I spent a fair amount of time thinkng about writing from a heroines perspective. I've known a fair number of women, I was married 17 years, so I kind of think I might have a bit of a handle on how a womans reaction to certain situations would differ from a mans.. and then, I dug a little deeper..
So many factors influence how a person behaves, not just their gender (and I'm unconvinced there are a large number of so-called hardwired differences). Upbringng and culture, I believe, will be two of the largest influences on a person as they grow into adulthood. Years of acculturation, stereotyping, role expectations, all these things will influence how an individual racts to a sitation - and gender roles and biases learned during youth will certainly affect all but the most enlightned people (and I can flat-out tell you, that's not me).
This could be a very difficult trick. I know there are male romance writers publishing with female nom de plumes, so it's not impossible to convincingly write from the female viewpoint.. but based on my midnight cogitation, and some research today, it's not going to be an easy thing to do.
I'm fortunate in that I have some good online female friends that are willing to test-read my stories for credibility, otherwise I'd feel like this was a pretty hopeless thing to attempt! Im sure I'll hear plenty of "Oh, no WAY would she do that" during my learning process!
Books on psychology into my Kindle wishlist.. argh! So much to learn, so little time!
Well, the worst I can do is make a fool of myself, I guess.