Friday, May 8, 2015
Screw Writing "Strong" Women: My Thoughts
"Screw writing “strong” women. Write interesting women. Write well-rounded women. Write complicated women. Write a woman who kicks ass, write a woman who cowers in a corner. Write a woman who’s desperate for a husband. Write a woman who doesn’t need a man. Write women who cry, women who rant, women who are shy, women who don’t take no shit, women who need validation and women who don’t care what anybody thinks. THEY ARE ALL OKAY, and all those things could exist in THE SAME WOMAN. Women shouldn’t be valued because we are strong, or kick-ass, but because we are people. So don’t focus on writing characters who are strong. Write characters who are people."-- madlori, Tumblr (Source)
First of all, I love this quote--Love, love, love it. This is what I'm talking about. When I started Caution to the Wind, I didn't write Loren as a strong character. I wrote her as an anxious, self-doubting figure--not the typical strong, kick-ass woman you read of in most urban fantasy. And this is why. Loren is a person. She has her flaws. She's not perfect. She's real. Sure, she's fiction, but she possesses qualities some women--people--out there in the world have. She might be annoying. She might be anxious. One might get tired of her self-doubt and inability to see her inner strength, but that's what makes her real.
And that was why I wrote her.