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Write like a man

another consideration of the dilemma of the female writer



Lilian is the author of Web of Angels, a novel about a mom with DID (multiple personalities). She's also the author of the historical novels, The River Midnight and The Singing Fire, about secrets, friendship and motherhood in 19th century Poland and London.

5 thoughts on “Write like a man

  1. Thought-provoking stuff. I just write…. but I write “genre” stuff so I don’t think the issues are necessarily the same (though there certainly aren’t as many women as men in SF&F, writing *or* reading)

  2. It’s a puzzle, why literary prizes seem to get handed out to men more often than women, when it’s women who’re reading most of the fiction — I don’t know the statistics on who’s writing most of it, but surely, it’s 50-50.

    It reminds me of film a little bit (film is much worse). Hardly any directors, “women’s” films undervalued, underfunded, not as often made. The thing is, women are willing to go to a lot of different kinds of movies — and we’re willing to read a lot of different kinds of books. Men? Not so much.

  3. I was going to say the same as bloglily – why are we told all the time that men don’t read enough, and then that women write too ‘uterus-y’ narratives? I mean, talk about double standards! I’ve just read Woolf’s Orlando, and it’s a wonderful exercise in celebrating multiplicity, playfulness, cheekiness all deriving from a more feminine perspective that eschews the traditional male demands for unity, authority and truth. I’m all for that. It’s shameful, really, when the publishing world is dominated by women, that this sort of nonsense stlll has power.

  4. Bloglily, that conventional “wisdom” is also why kids’ books feature male protagonists more often than not. It drives me crazy.

    Litlove–yes to multiplicity! Absolutely.

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