Does gender affect our writing?


writing-2Virginia Woolf told us that women must have a room of their own and an income in order to write fiction. The latest discussion in the blogosphere about women and writing seems to prove her right.

On Salon.com, Amy Benfer’s post, “Let’s Tweet a gender war,” discusses the difficulty women face in trying to write from home, where they can be easily distracted by everyday household duties.

Amy wrote her post at her kitchen table, surrounded by the detritus from a recent trip and a stack of review copies of current books. I write this from my sofa, where I listen for the clothes washer to stop so I can unload and reload.

Later today, I will head upstairs to my own “Room of One’s Own” to begin researching a writing project on Bloomsbury pacifists for Cecil Woolf Publishers.

But I am one of the lucky ones. I have a quiet space of my own in which to work. My husband is at work all day. And my children are grown and gone. So I can work without interruption during the summer months when I am not teaching — if I can ignore the lures of the sun overhead, my favorite thrift shop down the road, and interesting Internet posts like Amy’s.

Writer Susan Orlean gave voice to the dilemna women face — in brief — through Twitter. Read on, then post your thoughts about your own experiences as a woman — or man — writing. Just click on the comments link below.

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2 Responses

  1. I know I spelled Woolf wrong…

  2. I have a whole house of my own, no kids, etc. But I still can’t get myself motivated to write an article I need to write. You go Paula! You are amazing and so is your book on Wolff and weather.

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