...I have this problem. This may seem ridiculous because I'm a female, but for some reason, I hate developing female characters. I mean, I hate it. You'd think that it would be easier for me to "get inside the head" of my female characters because I'm a woman, but it's not. When I write my male characters, I get psyched to start writing, I sit there for hours profiling them and developing every detail of their life and personality. But when I go to develop their sister, friend, or love interest, I no longer care. It's not even necessarily that it's hard for me to write female characters--it's that I'm simply unenthusiastic about it. My female characters are much less interesting. And the disasterous part of it all is that in a lot of my ideas, the main character is a female. And yet I pay no or very little attention to her, and spend so much time characterizing her male counterparts. The female main character in my works ends up serving no purpose other than a comparison to the personalities of the male characters. (Like Alice in Lewis Carroll's book, if you will---she has a somewhat vague personality, but she is there to show contrast to the insane people she meets in Wonderland). My girl chars. have vague personalities, minor goals, and serve a very insignificant purpose. And if your main character is useless, you have no story. So my question is, have you ever experienced this, and are there any characterization excercises I can do that may help me get over this? Thank you!