Going Under, the first book in the Something in the Water series, arrives Tuesday, September 5!

 

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The Tyranny of Word Counts

The Tyranny of Word Counts

Many authors have just finished up the slog that is National Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Every year, thousands of people sign up to challenge themselves to write a full-fledged novel—defined as 50,000 words—in thirty days. NaNoWriMo bills itself as a fun experience and a huge challenge.

Yet there’s mixed reaction to the very idea of this challenge in writing circles. Some people love it. Others find it too stressful. Almost as many writers fail at it as succeed. So what’s the big problem?

Can Men Write Female Characters?

Can Men Write Female Characters?

Ahhhh, I love the smell of misconceptions in the morning. One of the common ones in the world of writing is that if you’re not x, you can’t write about x.
I saw this crop up again the other day. The author expressed the sentiment that men aren’t “allowed” to write female characters any more. The argument is men have reductionist understanding of women. Since they’ve never experienced the world as a woman, they can only write through tropes and stereotyping. Any female character a man writes would either be a misogynistic interpretation or a fetishized, sexualized female object there for male pleasure.