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Does Female-centric Literature Necessitate Romance?

Outside of my experience as a student at Wellesley College, where we loved discussing gender issues, I’ve found that talking about gender is hard. And discussing gender in literature is definitely not wildly popular. No one wants to call out T.S. Eliot for being sexist (even though he kind of was) or reprimand a bunch of dead old white men who contributed to the vast majority of our Western literary upbringing. But I think it’s important to talk about these issues. That’s how we help society move toward a future where it won’t be as hard–because we’ll have forced solutions as a result of discourse.

So today’s topic? The distinct imbalance between male and female protagonists in literature: specifically, the stark inequality when you take literature where the protagonist is involved in romantic or sexual plotlines out of the equation.

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Pomodoros for Writers

Pomodoro Technique

So how do you focus your mind, turn down the background noise of emails and social media, and actually create the mental space you need to get the words out? One technique I’ve been using successfully for over a decade that helped me finish six books, is the Pomodoro Technique by Francesco Cirillo.

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8 worthy podcasts for writers

Podcasts for writers

I admit it: I really love listening to good podcasts. I was hooked on the medium long before I started doing my own podcast; I’ve really grown to appreciate over the years, listening to both fiction and nonfiction podcasts, how much work goes into a really good podcast.

That’s why I’ve pulled together a list of 8 podcasts I can recommend that I think are worth your time and attention as a writer. I haven’t listened to each episode of each podcast (that would be like eating every chocolate-covered cherry in every box, in every case and pallet in a candy factory truck), but I know what I like and at least 1 of these 8 podcasts is the right one for you wherever you are in your writing career.

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Why I write: The history of writing and modern immortality

It was National #WhyIWrite Day not too long ago (Oct. 20th for those who are curious) and since I’m in the business of helping people write, I should take that day seriously. And this year, I took my reflecting to the next level.

And to answer the question, ‘Why do I write?’, I started with ‘Why do we write?’.

Yes, as in humankind.

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Is long-form writing less engaging?

For me, books have always been close to sacred. My parents always taught my brother and me to never physically abuse, kick, throw or stand on written work since, in our culture, it was a representation of Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge. Though I didn’t really believe any celestial being would strike me down with lightning or a case of the hiccups for disrespecting literature, I listened and had no problem letting it entrench my high regard for books. Before college, I was a bookworm introvert, escaping into other worlds as a way to ignore people. And hell, when I saw the fictional book-burning scene in Indiana Jones, The Last Crusade, I cried right along with the treacherous Nazi doctor. I still hope they were fake movie props.

Books, in a word, were special.

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