While I’m about to go off on a long, seemingly pointless tangent, please bear with it and keep reading, as I promise, hand to heart, that what I am about to say, as flowery and unnecessarily descriptive as it may be, will make sense… eventually.
As a young female writer who has dreamed of being a novelist since childhood, when I would sit down at my white, antique desk with the worn silver knobs and telling dents that had been handed down to my mother from my great-grandmother, I have always been filled with a love of words. The way they dance across a page to capture the imaginations of the readers, the way they…
Okay, I can’t go on. Are you still with me?
That was excruciating. Here’s the point:
When it comes to developing plot and characters, women writers have been said to have a tendency to write long, drawn-out, excessively detailed descriptions that explain too much.
In short, women writers take forever to get to the point.
A new survey conducted by Grammarly, the world’s leading grammar checker, takes a look at the differences between male and female writing traits. What stood out to me the most was how women were more likely to spend more time on character development and writing long, descriptive sentences, while men write shorter sentences and get to the point faster.
I wasn’t surprised by this, really, but I do think I fall more on the guy side of things here.
Maybe I should look deeper into this, however, and try to reconnect with my feminine writing side because the survey also says that women are better writers than men. Take a look:
The results are interesting, although not really surprising. I think, in general, guys do get to the point faster and women do tend to be more descriptive. But, are women really better writers? What do you think?