I’m insecure when it comes to writing strong female protagonists because I enjoy a story about a hero saving the damsel in distress just as much as the girl saving herself.
Below is a list I’ve made of things that are often paired with a strong female protagonist, but which do not actually constitute a SFP:
*Attraction to Bad Boys—this just means they had poor male role models growing up and have no respect for themselves. A SFP should have self-esteem whether or not she’s strapped to a Rube Goldberg death contraption.
*Combat Boots— unless paired with a uniform and rank, this is a fashion statement and does not indicate anything about one’s military success or prowess.
*Cussing—I’ve seen elementary kids with appalling language, so a female character who swears isn’t much of a shocker.
*Drinking/Smoking—last I checked most of these habits were detrimental to health and should lead to a weaker character, not a stronger one.
*Leather—Leather is a type of fabric. It tells me more about a person’s income than their personality.
*Motorcycles—My Honda 250 cc gets 80 mpg. When I ride it, it’s because I’m being more frugal, not stronger.