10 Great Female Writers Who Kick Ass
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How to be a Writer doesn’t need a special day to celebrate all the great female writers out there who have changed our world for the better. Check them out below.
This list is not in any particular order because these artists are all outstanding in their own ways and we don’t have any favourites. So without much further ado, let’s get on with it!
It’s hard to believe that this prim and proper lady from the upper echelons would be capable of writing such a grrim tale as Frankenstein but after years of travel and bathing in dark German literature, Mary Wollenstonecraft Shelley proved she was more than able to keep up with her contemporaries.
After the world-renowned poet Lord Byron challenged Shelley to write a ghost story to rival the German tales. She spent many a wet, dreary, summer afternoon struggling to come up with a word before the idea of reanimation was implanted into her brain over dinner one evening.
It was then she was able to pen the gory, gut-wrenching tale we know today.
“A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.”
Known as a woman of uncompromising wit, Virginia Woolf was born into affluence and was of the great female writers to push for women’s education in Britain. She pioneered the ‘stream of consciousness’ literary device which we can see being used in many of her works and overcame a series of mental breakdowns to become a revered member of the Bloomsbury Group – a group of artists and intellectuals.
I was raised by a single mother, so I know better than most that every mother who does the best for their kids is a hero. However, managing to do that and simultaneously pen a billion dollar book franchise is something astonishing. J.K. Rowling is an inspiration to us all and that is exactly why I have included her on our list of great female writers.
Toni Morrison is a legend who marches to the sound of her own drum. She savours her freedom as a human being and strives never to be put in any sort of box. Although many of her works revolve around black women when asked ‘Why do you distance yourself from feminism?’ She responded:
In order to be as free as I possibly can, in my own imagination, I can’t take positions that are closed. Everything I’ve ever done, in the writing world, has been to expand articulation, rather than to close it, to open doors, sometimes, not even closing the book – leaving the endings open for reinterpretation, revisitation, a little ambiguity.
Isabel Allende is a magic-realism legend and certainly deserves her place on this list.
As a young writer, she was tasked with translating romance novels between Spanish and English
However, she was fired for making unauthorized changes to the dialogue of the heroines, to make them sound more intelligent. She would also alter the disneylike endings to allow the protagonists to find more independence and do good in the world.
Dame Jacqueline Wilson is an acclaimed children’s writer from the U.K.whose books tackle otherwise hard to digest topics such as adoption, mental health and domestic violence. Her books have often attracted controversy however she is praised by most as a pioneer in children’s literature. Her books have many television and film adaptations which are all relatively successful, the most notable of these is Tracy Beaker. The show centred around a young girl living in a foster home and which was shown on the BBC for many years.
Esteemed author of To Kill a Mockingbird – the American novel, the late Nelle Harper Lee was never supposed to become a writer. In fact, her parents had intended she go into law, even going so far as to send her to law school at Oxford University in an effort to spark some interest which proved to be in vain.
She wrote her wildly successful novel after her friends gave her a year’s worth of wages as a Christmas gift. Along with the gift was a note which read, ‘You have one year to write whatever you please, Merry Christmas.’
Subsequently she wrote To Kill a Mockingbird and if you have had the pleasure to read that book then there’s no need explain why I feature Harper Lee on this list.
Wow. If anyone is reading this, please do take notes.
The happy people are failures because they are on
such good terms with themselves that they
simply don’t give a damn!
My personal favourite from today’s list of great female writers is Agatha Christie. She was a truly badass typing machine who stepped up to the call of duty in World War One without a whiff of hesitation.
If that was not enough to impress you then perhaps her bibliography of sixty-six crime books and fourteen novellas might.
She is most noted for her series Miss. Marple and Poirot, both of which have been made into numerous television series.
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