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Why Are Men So Terrible at Writing Female Characters?

Please, please, someone show me a man who can write a good female protagonist.

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Anything But an Author: Why Don’t Girls Want to Be Writers?

I am a woman. I was once young. (Don't snicker.) And even then I loved to write. But I didn't necessarily want to be a writer, well, not at first.

The Evolution of Strong Female Characters: From the Classics to Today’s Young Adult Fiction (Guest Blogger: Cara Hadden)

Guest blogger and accomplished 15-year-old writer, Cara Hadden, shares her perspective on the evolution of female characters and our "Founding Writer Mothers."

My January Reads: The Most Books I Think I’ve Read in One Month!

Books make me happy in a way that may confuse many people. It's a kind of obsessive, craving love that would be unhealthy if it were directed at a human.

The Book That Made Me a Feminist

With the recent Women's March and women taking a larger role on the world stage, the idea of feminism has been on my mind a lot. I am a feminist and proud. But what made me this way?

Feminist: A Curse Word

If someone called me a "feminist" or a "bleeding heart liberal" or even a "libtard" my first response would be, "Well, thanks!" And then I'd say, "And nice to see you matured past the name-calling of 7th grade." (I wouldn't be able to help myself. I mean really, "libtard," come on.)

Friday 5: Plato vs Dumbledore, Agatha Christie’s Real Life Mystery & More in My 5 Favorite Bookish Stories of This Week

After hours of scouring the interwebs this week, I've finally done it. I've found my 5 favorite bookish stories, including a real Agatha Christie mystery, a comparison of Plato and Dumbledore and Up lit. Not sure what that last one is? Read on...

Monday Blog: A Tale of Two (Indie) Bookstores

Independent bookstores, like people, have their own personalities. That's why I prefer these stores to the cavernous and cold Barnes and Nobles of the world. Going to a new indie bookstore is like making a new friend. And I made two recently in Washington, DC.

Friday Funday: My 5 Favorite Book-Related News Stories from this Week

Let's face it. The daily news stinks. If you're feeling depressed about the news and want ignore it for a little while also, and if you love books and writing, here are 5 of my favorite book-related stories from this week!

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