I'm wearing my husband's deodorant today, hoping for an infusion of masculine energy so I can convincingly take up two seats on the bus this morning. Twenty minutes into my experiment, I head out the door, my smile already about 30 percent more rakish.
Writers are notorious for getting stuck in their own heads which often causes them to give up. Starting a work of fiction whether it's a novel or short story is just as important as finishing it. This is part of the writer's journey!
Sometimes, authors become so focused on the idea of being convincing writing a character of the opposite gender, or a different race, or different cultural background, that they neglect to write a convincing character.