Daily Archives for: January 15th, 2017

Should I take time off work to write full time?

Dear Literary Ladies,
I’ve saved a bit of money, and I’m considering taking a few months or a year off of work to write full time. I want to see if I can make a go of it, once and for all. Is this a good idea, or would I be putting too much pressure on myself? 

It might be dangerous for you to have too much time to write. I mean if you took off a year and had nothing else to do but write and weren’t used to doing it all the time then you might get discouraged too easily. Read More→


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Classic Authors on Motherhood and Writing

When discussing the challenges faced by women authors, one of the questions asked with startling regularity is why it has always been so difficult to master the work / life / motherhood and writing balance. 

It was grueling for Harriet Beecher Stowe in the nineteenth century; and while it may have been somewhat easier for Madeleine L’Engle in the twentieth, it was just as guilt-inducing. For those of us who write today, there are still no easy answers.

I’m not one to bandy about gender stereotypes, but it’s hard to dispute that in traditional relationships women still bear the greatest share of childcare and household management. Read More→


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Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (1925)

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, published in 1925, describes a day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway, an upper-class woman preparing to host a party that evening. The unique aspect of the novel is that it focuses on her inner world, and that of the peripheral characters, taking the reader as she travels back in time.

As she goes around London, buying flowers and doing other preparations for the evening, she reflects on her youth and her choice of husband. She ruminates on a former suitor, the enigmatic Peter Walsh, and her youthful flirtation with Sally Seton.

The novel covers many themes, encompass time, mental and physical illness, the role of women in society, regret, suicide, sexuality, and more. Unusual for its time in presenting stream of consciousness, the novel was nonetheless met with positive response, and often appears on lists of best novels of the twentieth century. Following are two reviews of Mrs. Dalloway that appeared in the U.S. upon its publication in 1925. Read More→


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