I am having trouble deciding what sex to make my main protagonist. At first, because of the nature of the story (alot of travelling, fights and politics in an old-fashioned world) I just assumed he would be male. All the characters so far are male. There's a problem with this though. I am female, and I'm not sure I can write realistically from a male point of view. To a man, the thoughts, etc that I give the character may not seem believable. Also, all of my favourite novels are written by women and are about women. So now I'm thinking I should make the character female. But then that throws up another problem: romance! It's kind of unrealistic that the female protagonist will be closely associating with men, travelling long distances with them, etc, and no romance crops up. But I am not a romantic person at all, I don't know if I could write about that! Now there is another problem too. I have just realised that the plot of my novel is becoming worryingly similar to Jean Auel's Clan of the Cave Bear. If I make my protagonist female, that magnifies the similarity even more! Not sure what kind of advice I want, I just thought a little rant might help me get thoughts a bit clearer in my mind!