How can you make female character tough, strong, foul mouthed, and action ready ( basiclly a bad "you know what" character) while still making her girlly and very femine. Thanks!!!
Make her have a tough family.
Ask yourself why is she angry or foul mouthed?
Did she have a tough upbringing or is a bit of tom boy?
Maybe make it like the movies or something where the girl is all hardcore and tough, but then she walks into a room all dressed up and they are suprised.
Or give her a soft spot for something that makes her go a little bit soppy and softer.
Ask yourself when and why is she tough and when is she feminine, then base it around that.
hope it helped :)
I don't know... But I don't think "listen to your heart" will suffice to answer this one. For me, personally, I like a female character who's an anti-hero, as in, she's a bad person all-around, but there are these "moments" she has a sort of revelation. As in, a girl who can kill a man for a relatively minor offense, but then use those same assassin skills to save a kid from a burning building the next day. It's the little things like that that make you cheer for her.
Ok, as for making her a girly-girl, you could make her a tomboy-by-day-princess-by-night idea, OR you could take a different approach. You could have her be HOT and she knows it. For example, make her overmphasize her girlishness to lure guys in and then strike when they least expect it. As in, make her have two identities here, polar opposites. Make her walk into a bar in high heels and pretend to be a damsel in distress. "Help! I lost my car, I need help!" And then, the next moment, when she gets the men out to the parking lot... well, you know what to do. "Boy, meet my five years of kickboxing classes."
I can't see how she can be very feminine if she's raised from a tough family. It'd be hard to write around that considering she'd probably have a general distrust in people and wouldn't want to open up about her childhood abuse, so she'd probably end up growing up to be a tough biker chick rather than a shopaholic. Or maybe that's just me... suggestions anyone?
As other people have already stated, give her a difficult childhood. To make her more feminine, you could pick a place in her character progression where she has begun to get over her distrust in people as is moving on, however, I think readers like to see the character before she's overcome that wall, and the process of her overcoming it.
The other method is to make her a very flirty and playful character, but make her dead serious when the situation calls for it.
This is actually a topic I was and somewhat currently am having a problem with. I am writing about a very independant and strong female lead-charater who has a very hard past and suffered from the problems she was thrown into. If you look at any story with a female lead, they have a broken past and they tend to be indepentant and secretive, so why not try to think of your character that way. It doesn't necessarily mean she must have a bad family problems, or even be involved with anyone in particular. If it affects her in a way that causes her to block out everyone else who tries to help or be close to her, then it's the perfect character you are looking for :) Hope you figure out how you want to show your character and that the story goes great!