Well this is probably the most out of character thing to hit me in my entire life. I have not really read any books in years. So just a few weeks ago i found by accident a website full of Scifi fan fiction. Now most of it was horrid, written by 13 year old boys, so ill leave that to your imagination as to how bad it was. However by accident i stumbled on to a small subset of writers who actually were being serious about writing good stories and not just their alien version of 50 shades of grey, and used the site as a way to practice their writing in a safe place. One of the trilogies i read sucked me in so hard that i have read each of them 3 times in the last week and a half.(the stories are as thick as books) I mean it was such a fantastic story. Well im not particularly bright but reading that trilogy and some of the other more serious writing has sparked a desire to write my own story. Now its not the mechanics of writing or anything im worried about, as i have been doing much reading on writing websites regarding proper structure. Im needing some advice regarding female character development. I dont want my female co main character to be some caricature of a woman. I want her to be tough yet also have a deeply loving and soft and caring side. Qualities that i associate with femininity. Part of me wants a feminist to read it and say that was a well developed female lead. How does one balance the attributes? Maker her tough as nails yet soft as a feather? Rip your face off one minute and cuddle you to death the next? The stories i read, that i enjoyed approached this as basically a combination of masculine and feminine qualities. I can give more details of my story if you need, its only going to go up on the fan fic place so it will mean nothing to no one, but that does not mean i want it be crap.