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Quick, random thought #1

I’ve been reading alot about books needing to have strong female characters and how it is being promoted in writing and it got me thinking.

So, if we start a story with a strong heroine, how do we make her grow and learn as the story progresses? And if we start her of as “lacking”or “not strong”, then are we being unsupportive of the women empowerment concept, even if the character shows real strength later in the book?

So, if we consider… An uneducated woman who spent ten years in an abusive relationship finds the strength and courage to educate herself, leave the relationship and learn to love herself again …. And a woman who grew up with a good education, a good family and a safe relationship goes for whats she wants with confidence.

Which shows strength? If strength is characterized by perseverance and overcoming adversity, then wouldn’t weakness have existed at some point – and our female character was then weak at some point? And if a woman is strong because she had everything that she needed, and didn’t have to overcome adversity, how is that wrong?

I don’t get it. At which point should our female character be (or become) strong?

My writing journey

Meet Ethan

I wanted to tell you about a story that I have finished writing. It’s called Deep Flaming Red and I began writing the story in Feb 2013. It was complete by the following year but I had made so many mistakes that I felt like rewriting the whole thing! What did I do? Well, this:

  • I changed the POV half way through
  • I changed from present to past tense half way through
  • I made Scarlett (my female lead) a vegetarian and changed her back to meat-eating a dozen times
  • My male lead, Ethan, was so vulgar in his day to day speech that I had started to feel violated every time I tried to go back to edit
  • I changed the age gap from 7 years to six years to fives years and back to six years until I was not sure how old they were anymore

As you can see, this was my first draft of my first book!

So, Deep Flaming Red is now complete with 311 pages of love and romance.

Let me tell you about Ethan today:

  • He’s 27 years old (last time I checked)
  • Six foot four, brown eyes, dark brown hair
  • Indention on his left cheek, caused by a cut to the cheek during a fight – often mistaken for a dimple
  • He’s super smart
  • His father is a famous preacher but Ethan is far from godly

I will post soon again about Scarlett and how the lives of these two human beings went to hell.

Why don’t you tell me a bit about what are you writing at the moment?

Till next time,

Jen

 

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First blog post

Hello world!

I started this blog because I wanted to connect with other readers and writers in a way that allowed me to speak  for more than 280 characters at a time. I wish I could say that I have spreadsheets and schedules and perfectly managed calendars to make this a success. The truth is, I just want to talk to people about real things, like the joys and pains of writing. About a new book that we discovered that we just can’t get over. Self publishing. How to remove oil stains from silk shirt. Why my 13 year son insists that his sisters fart when everybody knows that girls don’t fart. Important stuff.

And as we go along, I want to share with you my journey as a writer. I want you to be there when the time comes for me to say “they published my book” or “somebody said they liked it” or everybody hates it”.  And I want to be there when your time comes. If your time has already come and you are a published author, I would love to hear all about your journey too!

I think they said you have to do this weekly, so I guess I’ll see you in a week’s time. I will tell you about my book that I have just finished and hoping to have available for readers very soon.

Till next time,

Jen

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First blog post

Hi there!

I started this blog because I wanted to connect with other readers and writers in a way that allowed me to speak  for more than 280 characters at a time. I wish I could say that I have spreadsheets and schedules and perfectly managed calendars to make this a success. The truth is, I just want to talk to people about real things, like the joys and pains of writing. About a new book that we discovered that we just can’t get over. Self publishing. How to remove oil stains from silk shirt. Why my 13 year son insists that his sisters fart when everybody knows that girls don’t fart. Important stuff.

And as we go along, I want to share with you my journey as a writer. I want you to be there when the time comes for me to say “they published my book” or “somebody said they liked it” or everybody hates it”.  And I want to be there when your time comes. If your time has already come and you are a published author, I would love to hear all about your journey too!

I think they said you have to do this weekly, so I guess I’ll see you in a week’s time. I will tell you about my book that I have just finished and hoping to have available for readers very soon.

Till next time,

Jen