Women's Fiction Is A Genre That Embraces Women's Lives, Their Journeys, And Emotions.
Also important is that Women's Fiction is marketed to female readers, and is often seen as mainstream novels.
Women's Fiction is not limited to stories written by women. And the woman does not need to be the only main character in the novel.
Some us may be writing Women's Fiction without being aware that our novel fits into that genre.
I remember when I finished Petersburg, which has two female and two male points of view, my editor smiled and said, "You realize, Emily, that's you've written a very feminist book."
I had never thought of Petersburg being feminist. So I asked, "What do you mean?"
"The women are the strong characters. The carry the novel and, in the end, they're the ones we care most about."
I was thrilled by the idea that here I'd written a work of women's fiction without setting out to do so!
From personal experience, both of my work and others, fiction writers can write about anything that inspires their imaginations. You can be a woman writing from a man's point of view or a man writing from a woman's point of view. The bottom line is the voices of all our characters needs to be authentic.
I love coaching writers who have strong women and is ripe with their sensibilities and the many dimensions of the female voice.
That said, I believe that you need not define the genre when you start to write. If you're meant to write Women's Fiction, you will. Nothing will stop you!