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While writers peruse agents’ BIOs or blogs, they may notice a few mention manuscripts need to pass the Mako Mori Test or the Bechdel Test. Have no fear, they aren’t going to had out exams to give you an anxiety attack! These are tests to make sure the story isn’t gender biased, which is important to be well marketed. So how do writers pass the tests? Here are the guidelines:


  1. The movie has to have at least two women in it,
  2. who talk to each other,
  3. about something besides a man


  1. At least one female character;
  2. who gets her own narrative arc;
  3. that is not about supporting a man’s story.

Sounds simple, but it’s easy to forget to make your female characters organic when your lead may be a man. Follow these guidelines and you’ll have a story that feels real instead of cut-out paper dolls.

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction