The following sounds rather pompous and bombastic, but a writer’s words should exceed his grasp, or what’s a Heaven for (to paraphrase Browning). This actually came about from a list I made when thinking about what traits a character should possess–then I thought, “If Character should have virtue, so should Writer.”
There is more of craft in writing than art. I know a few of the MFA Creative Writing gurus will disagree. However, writers have more in common with blacksmiths than with philosophers. We hammer away at the forge of Story, pounding our red hot words into a shape that will not only be pleasing to our readers but also purposeful and useful.
The irony of the situation wasn’t lost on her. Having been branded a neo-eugenicist as well as a racist and fascist—even baby killer—for decades, Dr. Zeman was now being hailed as the savior of humanity with her creation of the synthetic Z Chromosome that had virtually stopped not only genetic gender birth defects but a myriad of genetic birth defects as well.
I breathe; therefore, I write.
When Aubrey finally got home, Kelsey was lying on the living room carpet. Aubrey ran to her new sister, lay down beside her, kissed her, and whispered in the newborn’s ear, “I’m going to love you forever. We’re going to have so much fun. I’m happy you don’t look like a troll.”
One of the challenges of creating the Popinjay world is the choice of which non-gender third person single pronouns to use with those characters who have yet to select their True Gender.