I may bend those gender lines successfully. I may not.
Writers should be able to put themselves into any character, right? Put yourself in the mind (heart, soul) of someone not like you. What is the biggest leap? Different social class, race, religion, political party, gender, sexual orientation…
You could write a story where everyone shares the same social class, race, religion, politics, and sexual orientation. And you could write a story where everyone is the same gender. But gender seems to be the first difference. I mean, the others you may not even think about or care to approach, but having characters of the opposite is hard to avoid. Even stories that have only men in them have characters who at least spend a certain amount of time thinking about wives or girlfriends or the lack thereof.
So. How do you feel writing a character of the opposite sex? How often do you try to get into the opposite mind?