The Literary Ladies' Guide to the Writing Life
Welcome to a site celebrating classic women authors who wrote in the English language. Here you’ll find their words of wisdom for readers and writers. Enjoy their life stories and quotations; learn more about their books; read their advice on the writing life; and enjoy contemporary voices on the writing process.
Dear Literary Ladies
Dear Literary Ladies,
Do you think it’s a good practice to keep a journal? What did you use your journal for, and how did it benefit your writing practice?
One of the most helpful tools a writer has is [her] journals. Whenever someone asks how to become an author, I suggest keeping a journal. A journal is not a diary, where you record the weather and the engagements of the day. A journal is a notebook in which one can, hopefully, be ontological. Read More→
(Margaret) Rumer Godden (1907-1998) grew up and lived most her life in an area of India so secluded that writing was one of the only things to do. She moved back to England for periods of time, but inevitably ended up in India, where she wrote, ran a dance school, and grew and sold herbal teas.
Writing made her feel alive and you can tell from her emotional, funny and energetic prose that usually teetered on the edge between real life and fiction. In Kingfishers Catch Fire she included the true story of how two of her servants tried to poison her and her daughters. She wrote over 60 books in all different styles, nine of which were made into films; many are still read and relevant today. Her later work focused on the comparison and connections of religion and everyday human life.