Recently I have been trying to write a story in which the gender of the characters remain neutral until a climax in the story. I have tried to infuse history with fictional characters but i always find myself coming unstuck when describing character actions without using gender specific pronouns. The main reason i wanted to do this is to avoid preconceptions the reader might have about certain genders. This got me thinking about how one would go about writing a story about a transgender or biological hermaphrodite. Obviously with transgender you could take either the gender they want to be or their original gender and use it as a technique to allude towards certain things, but with a hermaphrodite i think this would be harder. When trying to find alternatives to gender specific pronouns i found myself always referring to their profession or title. I really want to avoid doing that because both those things add another whole bunch of preconceptions, i.e. plumber - large male, dirty clothing etc. I know its impossible to write without having some kind of preconceived ideas, but i guess i want to design my own character that the reader can connect with, before discovering what they really are, removing the factor of appealing to male or female audiences only. So i guess my question would be How do i write without being gender specific?/ How do i develop a character without revealing a gender?