Hey everyone, I'm currently developing a short story based around a period in the life of a high school girl and her friends, and I'm running into some trouble trying to find the right narrative voice. I've always been thoroughly pleased when an author could make the perspective of alternate gender characters truly believable and run with a natural feel, but I've never really been able to do it on my own. My female characters tend to seem rather boyish or uncharacteristically girly. Like, to an annoying extent, bordering on soap-opera style. I was just wondering how other writers might overcome this challenge. The girl is top-shit at her school and could be considered a sociopath, always manipulating her friends and the others around her to get what she wants, and the attention she craves, so I don't want it to sound like man-thoughts at all, ya know? Any advice would be much appreciated... thanks everyone!