Dear Literary Ladies, Part One: Writing Advice From Classic Women Authors

Katherine Anne Porter 1931

Wouldn’t it be great to get writing advice from women authors — some of the most iconic voices in literature — even (or especially) those who are no longer with us? Here’s your chance!

In this first of a multi-part series of roundups we call “Dear Literary Ladies,” we’ve “asked” classic women authors some of the universal questions about writing and the writer’s life, and found the answers in their first-person musings.

Peering through the lens of the past is an intriguing way to examine issues and questions that linger into the present. It’s now easier and more acceptable for women to write both for pleasure as well as profit, to be sure.

However, it’s still challenging to find the will and focus to do so while raising children, to get that first work published, to make a living by writing, and above all, to have courage to send one’s words into the world.

It’s still painful to face rejection, and daunting to experience writer’s block. Self-doubt is part of the creative process, no matter what the era. There are no hard and fast rules.

Louisa May Alcott responded to many of her readers’ letters asking for advice on writing. To these she responded with variations on “Each person’s method is no rule for another. Each must work in [her] own way, and the only drill needed is to keep writing…”

Dear Literary Ladies, Part One

Don't you wish you could get writing advice from your favorite women authors, especially those who have created great classics? Here's your chance! We've "asked" some of our classic women authors the burning questions about the writer's life and tools of the trade, and found the answers in their first-person musings.

See more in our Writing Advice from Classic Authors category

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