I am a woman, and I wrote a book out of the perspective of a guy. His best friend tells him she wants to kill herself. So he writes her a diary (with her in mind as the audience) about everything they do together. He plans to give it to her, in the end, to help her feel better.
Now in one feedback a woman told me that a man would NEVER LIKE EVER think or write like that.
Of course, I know that men tend not to express their feelings very often and much. But just because men don't SHOW their feelings doesn't mean they don't have them; does it?
My whole story is based on all these very strong emotional reactions the guy has. That when his best friend tells him she wants to kill herself, he'd have feelings; he'd want to make her feel better; he'd do crazy things just to keep her from dying. And when nothing seems to work, he cries sometimes.
Some guys who wouldn't care. A lot of guys might just run away. But wouldn't some guys do everything to stop their best friend from killing herself?! And I understand he might not have written all this as a private diary, but with the whole structure of a diary-letter to his best friend whom he has known for so long and whom he starts to love eventually, wouldn't he talk about his feelings to her?
Help me out guys! Is my problem in understanding the mind of a man? I thought love, sadness and anger are universal feelings that everyone has regardless of their gender, but how do I square that in my writing with the sense that men conceal their feelings entirely, or don't feel that much to begin with?