On Writing as a Woman

Author and poet Tabitha King
Author and poet Tabitha King

I read an interesting article recently on BookRiot written by Priya Sridhar, in which she states, "I am a woman. I am also a writer. Some may call me a woman writer for that reason. If I write mainstream novels or attempt to, people will view my writing as written by a woman. But what does that mean?  Women’s writing can refer to an academic specialty. It can be an English literature course, a shelf at Barnes and Noble with a large printed label, or simply books written by women. It can also be a multifaceted, controversial social media discussion and exploration."

She then goes on to explore what it can mean for women who write, and who sometimes put their writing on hold to try to balance their work and family with their writing. Sridhar gives a few examples, citing Agatha Christie and Tabitha King, among others.   I'd urge you to read Sridhar's article and consider how different things can be for women writers.  For example, do male authors worry that their writing time cuts into their family time or childcare?  Just some food for thought. And, this month, if you read books by women, consider how their experiences with writing inform their work.

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