Unlike what you may expect, I never wanted to be an author. Business came as natural as breathing to me. I enjoyed Consulting and Project Management until the day I realized I had found formulas and solutions for everyone else, but none that worked for me. What began as a brief hiatus, led to writing, to creating spaces for my own unique blend of skills and experience, and for others hoping to do the same.
I was fortunate to live in an area with a strong writing community, and women like myself, who wrote strong female leads, complex stories, and created worlds for both to dwell. Besides sharing aspirations for our writing, our conversations often turned to odd encounters with people who thought we should be writing something else, how twisted a character could actually be, and fight scenes that fell flat, doing justice to neither character, nor story.
I knew having even limited martial arts experience made better fight scenes. But I also discovered:
- Most strong female characters are still written by men.
- Most fight scenes are also, not because women can’t, but because they don’t know how
- A weaker story with strong fight scenes written by a man, is more likely to be green-lighted, than a strong story with poor fight scenes written by a woman.
This impacts other areas, too:
- Women not writing the stories they want to tell.
- Not seeing the potential of their writing beyond the book.
- Approaching writing projects in ways that do not work for, or empower, them.
I created #StrongWomenWrite in partial response to this – for women who want to write better fight scenes. But also, because I enjoy the flexibility, opportunities writing provides. And want other women to experience the camaraderie between writers, many, who though unknown, are worthy of attention called to their work.
Thankfully, #StrongWomenWrite has been well-received by women and men. And continues to grow as we connect, challenge, and engage women on- and offline.
If you’re a female author, I hope you find we are not your typical writing group, our topics and approach refreshing, and a supportive sisterhood to challenges your notion of impossible.
To your journey! No two are the same.
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