From Grammarly — Who Writes Better: Men or Women?

Grammarly ( conducted a study with 3,000+ participants to settle an existential question that has been plaguing mankind for centuries (or maybe a few years here and there):

“Which gender has the better writers?”

They published the results to the question above in an infographic (below) and I got permission to share it here with you. I thought it would be fun for some discussion.




The results for characters question splits out equal from both perspectives — I think it’s only natural that we include bits of ourselves in our writing, since that’s a person we know best!

Pronouns & Determiners are pretty evenly split, too.

What do you think about the plot vs character and long vs short sentences? Would you put yourself in the majority in those categories?

I would for the first – I like (try) to develop my characters and have the plot follow. For sentences, I do my best to write short active sentences, but there are times when long works better!


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LisaJJackson_2014Lisa J. Jackson is an independent writer and editor who enjoys working with businesses of all sizes. She enjoys sharing writing resources when she finds them. You can connect with her on Twitter,FacebookGoogle+, and LinkedIn.

30 thoughts on “From Grammarly — Who Writes Better: Men or Women?

  1. As a musician, I know that every Tom considers himself to be a player (they all think they can sing). Playing an instrument isn’t necessarily difficult, most can learn pretty quickly, and they all want to join a band.
    We’ve entered the age of eBooks and POD (Print on demand) and it seems that every Tom now thinks he can be a writer. For the most part it isn’t a difficult task. But we have to remember that the cream rises to the top.
    I think it’s wonderful that so many give it a try, that they have easy access to publishing or recording music. That’s all a good thing.
    Good writers are few. And the art of writing isn’t just about penning a few words or complex sentences anymore than learning to play guitar chords makes you a musician. Freedom of expression is splendid.
    The good work will stand for itself and it will rise to the top; that after all is what it’s really all about. Our primary mission however, is to raise children that know the difference. There in lies the real challenge.
    As for men vs. women? I’m right brained, artistically minded, and I connect more with those traits attributed here to woman.

  2. This was timely; I was thinking yesterday about how most of the blog posts and articles I read from female authors are about character development, whereas most male authors are writing about moving the plot/action and starting “in the middle” for more interest.

    Both traits can be both good and bad. If I have a ton of action but I don’t car about who is doing said action, I won’t care, but on the other hand if I have two or more wonderful characters that aren’t doing anything, I’m going to get bored.

    Case in point, when I recently tried to read The Testament by John Grisham (best first chapter “hook” in a book ever, btw!) it had so much “stuff” going on by so many people and I didn’t know the characters enough to really care about the outcome so unfortunately that book is still to be finished. Then there’s the chiclit female author who can spend six pages on her characters “story” to the point where I know where they buy their designer shoes and which cocktail they prefer on Tuesday nights, but there’s no action, no conflict to keep me reading.

    The goal is to marry the two and I know both male and female authors who this very well. Great post!

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  4. The answer is “neither” as who is better at something is a completely subjective argument with only opinions as answers. You can get as many stats as you would like to back up women being better or men being better but it is just numbers that prove nothing. Because somebody thought up a mathematical problem to prove their point proves nothing.

    In the end great writing is great writing no matter what gender writes it.

  5. Well by this measurement it appears I write more like a typical female writer than a typical male writer. I guess this goes to show you there is exceptions to every rule. Perhaps one would be better to take away from this certain things about your writing make one a better writer.

  6. Wow! Very interesting – I wonder if the short sentence versus long and descriptive sentences is also to do with what sort of literature men/women tend to be influenced by. For instance, perhaps men try harder to replicate Hemingway than women. Simply a theory of course!

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