Looking back, looking forward (part 2)

March, I had such lofty ambitions for you.

I started the month wanting to highlight the work of women writers, and maybe writing some reflective posts on the experience of writing as a woman too. I wanted to ride the coattails of the month that gets to be about women to make this blog about women writers for a whole month, too.

To an extent, I feel I got to do this. I shared some really awesome and really different women writers and I wrote a piece on how to write strong female characters.

But… there was so much more I wanted to say. So many more women writers I could have told you about. Posts about the experience of writing as a woman I had mulling in my head; thoughts on how women’s writing is received by the public; thoughts on genre and women… But in amongst the the chaotic overworked hubbub that is my life right now, I couldn’t find the time or space to properly formulate my thoughts on these topics in a way that felt right. I couldn’t do justice to the other women’s works I wanted to profile.

As I sat down to write this blog, it occurred to me that this is the fundamental problem when it comes to dedicating just one month to women, or black people, or LGBTQ people. One month is not enough time. It is not enough space. Conversations about women’s writing and the writing of other marginalized or underrepresented groups needs deserves better than being silo’d off into their respective dedicated months, during which we can all feel good about how “aware” we are of diversity, and then ignore these groups for the next eleven months of the year.

Spending this month trying to be more conscious about my reading, and trying to be more vocal in my support of women writers made me think about the kind of space I would like this blog to be. This blog is, first and foremost, a writing journal, where I will primarily continue to post snippets of my own writing, news from my writing life and introspective posts on my own writing process. But as writers we’re so interconnected: our words never exist in a vacuum, nothing we say is uninfluenced. To ignore the outside world entirely is an exercise in futility.

So I’m going to make an effort to continue posting reviews of women and other diverse authors that I love. I’m going to let those ideas that I started mulling over this month continue to percolate and share them when they’re ready. I’m not going to wait for arbitrary month to speak out about the ideas and books that matter to me. These conversations should be ongoing. They should be more visible. This month has made me ready to dive in a little more consciously, a little more aware: I look forward to learning so much more.

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