I’m still burnt out from the dumpster fire of 2016. Death, disasters, and populism spread like wildfire across the internet and social media. There has never been a more divisive time, but women fighting back with their best writing is giving me life.
The woman writes back
Here are some of the best writing from women I read this month:
- Here’s the thought process of taking ownership of your voice and authority as a woman writer.
- When the comments on women’s writing become less constructive and more toxic, a woman has to decide when enough is enough and just delete.
- Sometimes what keeps us from writing are our own delusions of greatness. When the writing gets tough, we need to be resilient and keep writing like every woman writer in history has ever done.
- I haven’t come across Rupi Kaur’s poetry yet, but I can understand the struggle between (a) writing to readers within your own culture which obscures your work from the mainstream and (b) writing to others as if to help explain your culture which means that you have to write in a more diluted, universal voice. See criticisms of her work here and here.
- Sometimes the best writing comes from unexpected women writers. This article is written by a former student after she read about celebrities coming out against Harvey Weinstein.
When things seem hopeless, my best self-care method is writing. That’s why when I feel myself succumbing to despair, I take time off social media and the internet. I breathe. I immerse myself in a book. I learn one new thing. When we take care of our own mental health, it rewards us with courage to move forward and keep fighting. And if you still have questions as an aspiring writer, this is for you.
Feel free to add your favorite writing by women in the comments below. Also here’s a cupcake.
Author: Pia Besmonte
Pia Besmonte is a poet, literature teacher, and author based in the Philippines. She wrote “Manic Pixie Depressive Gremlin”, a collection of poems on mental health awareness and empowerment for millennial Filipinas. She loves to paint, sing, watch films, and take care of her family, Team BLG.