Tuesday was the 100th International Women's day and is a day for people to debate, educate and celebrate women. one hundred years and the world still isn't equal. Things do need to be more balanced because we make up half of the planet. Some people celebrate International Women's day with public holidays, dancing, debating to get their voice heard or educating others about inequality. This post is a celebration of the women writers who have inspired me and my writing.
Judy Blume - I can't remember my first Blune. My favourite is Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret I just remember the agony of waiting for one of her books to be returned to the school library because someone else was reading the one I hadn't read, yet. I could really relate to the characters and the subject themes. She taught me that writing believable characters is essential to writing.
Jeanette Winterson - My first Winterson was Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit I think it was during the second year at university and it was on my bookshelf. The previous tenant had left it behind and the title grabbed me. I had heard of Winterson and read some of her articles in the past. Confident writing style, great themes.
Margaret Atwood - My first Atwood was Cat's Eye It was recommendation from my A-Level tutor and at the time I had exams to prep for. But as soon as I was out of the exam room, I headed to the library and borrowed the book. Incredible descriptions, incredible characters, incredible writing style, always a range of themes. I think the fact that Atwood doesn't stick to one genre.
Ali Smith - My first Smith was Hotel World I believe it was half price when I bought a newspaper. I remember that I was at university, in the second year and reading the book in the launderette. I went straight home and wrote a story with the middle at the beginning, the beginning in the middle and the ending dotting through out the narrative. I loved the structure, the voice and the viewpoints - It stamped all over the rules from writing books. Reading Ali Smith taught me that breaking the rules is fun.
Charlotte Bronte - Originally she had to use a male name to get herself published but she paved the way for other women to become published. My first Bronte was Jane Eyre (Penguin Classics) Complex characters, intrigue, early feminism.
Daphne Du Maurier - Great opening sentence in Rebecca. A first sentence always needs to pull the reader into the story and make the reader want to read more.
Tricia Sullivan - A woman writing science fiction - yipee. Strong female leads, great writing style.
Natalie Goldberg - Writing Down the Bones is a one of the best writing books. I always head to this book when I am struggling with my writing. A real comfort blanket.