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Lazy Wet Thursday Without the Metaphors
claudiapadthai: Could you talk more about why you don't like that Junot Diaz quote? I don't disagree, just wondering why you don't like it?

I mean, I don’t agree with it, at all. I don’t really know what else to say, haha. I think it’s completely untrue that, “The worst women writer can write a better man than the best male writer can write a good woman,” and I don’t really know why my feelings about that need explaining.

Just try to keep a straight face and honestly say out loud that Bella Swan is a better ~*~female~*~ character than Helen Garp. Or, if you want to appropriately Tumblr-fy this comparison, yell out loud that Bella is a better character than Liesel Meminger from The Book Thief.

Savannah Wingo, Franny Berry, Daisy Buchanan, Holly Golightly, Enid Coleslaw, even Kate De Vries if you wanna bring YA into this, and plenty of classic characters from Roxana to Gertrude, are all incredibly interesting and complex female characters written by men.

And that’s not even bringing up women on stage or screen who were written by men: Heathers, The Silence of the Lambs, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Out of Africa, Gypsy, South Pacific, Carousel, etc.

That’s why I hate that quote. To discredit every male writer ever by saying that no matter what ~*~female~*~ character they create, she will forever automatically pale in comparison to the characters written by a woman, solely on the merit of being a woman is insulting to everyone involved.

It’s insulting to any person, female or otherwise, who was inspired by the actions of a female character written by a man and has now been told that that character is inferior and poorly crafted by default. Thought that Hester Prynne is a courageous and fascinating character? Too bad, doesn’t matter what you personally think, Ginny Weasley is factually infinitely better because her creator is a woman.

And how about women writers who are now literally being told that their work should be put up on a pedestal no matter how technically terrible it is because of their inherent femaleness?

Scarlett O’Hara is my favorite character in the history of all media, literature or otherwise. But it’s insulting as hell to suggest that she’s automatically better than any other character written by a man just because the author of Gone With the Wind is a woman named Margaret Mitchell, before any other aspects of the character and the worksmanship that went into creating her can be judged.

I know there is an everlasting debate in literary circles about whether or not a character should be criticized in a bubble, and how much influence the author’s personal character and background should have on the discussion.

In this case however, I think it’s unfair and insulting to all parties involved (male authors, female authors, and readers of all genders) to truthfully say that, ”The worst women writer can write a better man than the best male writer can write a good woman,” for the reasons I’ve just outlined above. 

so does anyone else Google “em dash” and copy/paste from the text of the first result or—

Mar 19th at 4PM / tagged: writing. em dash. a day in the life. / reblog / 3 notes

“There have been no lack of important and memorable characters created by male writers—at least, not in the past. Sophocles created terrific women characters; Shakespeare, too. Emma Bovary is why Flaubert called his novel Madame Bovary. (Who can even remember Charles?) Hester Prynne is what makes The Scarlet Letter so strong. Hardy’s Tess is both heroine and victim. Estella and Miss Havisham are more memorable from Great Expectations than Pip; maybe Magwitch (or Jaggers) is the most memorable character in that novel.
But so much of contemporary fiction is plagued by being memoir-based; so-called autobiographical novels lack a lot of imagination. What I’m saying is that male novelists and playwrights should be able to imagine and realize female characters; the writers of the past did so, routinely.
I don’t think it’s remarkable that my female characters loom large, and are strongly represented in my novels; what surprises me is the lack of imagination in many contemporary novels and plays. It’s what comes of writing about yourself.”

John Irving, when asked by a fan how he’s able to write such multi-dimensional female characters  [x]

yeah yeah step right up, give me a dollar and i’ll give you a flowery descriptive line of prose about your eyes

i should start taking writing commissions from people if that’s even a thing

like reverse-freelance

instead of me begging you to take my content and pay me for it, you ask me to write a thing and give me money

goddamn it it works for artists on tumblr

the best insult i ever witnessed during a writing workshop was when my professor once told a dude in our class that he wrote sex scenes like a virgin.

  • Every freshman workshop fiction piece ever: John Smith woke up and turned off his alarm clock, stretching his five-foot-ten frame. He walked to the mirror and blinked his blueish-purple eyes that changed color in the light and dragged a comb through his medium-length curly brown hair like every day for the past 16 years and two months.
  • Every senior workshop fiction piece ever: John Smith was jolted out of a deep slumber by the shrill shout of his alarm clock. He sauntered his tall body toward the mirror, staring into his own kyanite-colored eyes. John frowned at his unfastidious hair, the color of a brown bear, that had grown from his scalp since he was born, 16 years ago.

A professional playwright told me today that I have a natural gift for writing, she was tremendously impressed with my talent, and that I’m a rockstar.