It's been a while since I talked about writing The Matchmakers (which was probably more recent than the last time I actually wrote anything for that story... until this past week). I'm proud to say that starting this past Saturday, I've been writing Rosemary's story for at least 20 minutes a day. I have to say Chris Fox's 5KWPH app is awesome (if you're a fellow writer, you should use it, but read his book 5,000 Words Per Hour: Write Faster, Write Smarter first).
You may or may not know how much I adore Temple West. She wrote Velvet and Cashmere, has an awesome style, and is so adorably quirky, how could I not love her? Today, I am sharing a guest post written by her about the recent (tired) trend of the "strong female character."
This is a question I’ve struggled with long before I knew or understood the word “feminism.” When I was a kid, the overused trope was the damsel in distress. Now it seems like the overused trope is the “strong female character.” But what, exactly, does strong mean?
Most of the time, it seems that it means she literally kicks ass. She does hand-to-hand combat, or has crazy powerful magic, or both.
And I’m all for that. Give me a spell-casting, physically skilled lady leader any day.
But...what about the women who...y’know, aren’t that? If you can’t sniper bad guys from a mile away, can you still be a heroine? What does “strong” mean if it doesn’t mean “physically or magically powerful?”
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