I've been working on an idea for a contemporary fantasy novel centered around witches with a female main character around the age of twenty. From what I've read, it seems females have an easier time writing a male character than a male character has writing a female. I don't know if this is generally true and why it should be true. I've decided to keep it in mind. Since I'm a male, I acknowledge that culture and society in large will mean that females in general are different from males. However, in dealing with the "problem" of writing a different gender, I have decided to not think of the main character as a female. In many things I do, I don't think about what gender I am, and I think most females don't, either. I have a feeling that many male writers slip up with writing female characters because they are conscious about the character being female when writing them. For this reason, I'll probably avoid writing avoid some very "typical" "feminine"things, unless they contribute to the story. Other than that, she'll have her strengths and weaknesses, virtues and flaws - just like everyone else. Any general advice I could get about writing a female character? Specific advice?