Despite being a cis-gendered heterosexual man, I've written mostly female POVs over the course of my writing career, as I'm fond of strong action heroines. I always felt that writing female characters didn't have to be harder than writing male characters and that you should treat them as characters first and their gender second. However, when I asked my mom for feedback on how I write my female characters (since I always send her my short stories and novel chapters), she told me I wrote them too much like my male characters (e.g. when evaluating a potential love interest, both my male and female characters start by checking out their physical attractiveness, which she felt was more typical of men than women). In all honesty, that opinion surprised me, as I always felt what women didn't like was when male writers treated them as gender stereotypes rather than people first the way they would male characters. Apparently, my mom thought it was possible to err in the opposite direction, by making female characters too much like their male counterparts. Do you find writing characters of other genders to be that much of a balancing act, having to make sure they're not too stereotypical or not too much like your own gender?