Wednesday, January 13, 2016

A Blank of One's Own

Last week, one of the books I read was A Room of One's Own, by Virginia Woolf. If you're not familiar with this essay, Woolf discusses what women need to write fiction, the obstacles they faced when they wanted to write, and the work of past and contemporary women writers. Woolf asserts that women need "Money and a room of one's own" in order to write. I think the money is a stand-in for time, as money can buy freedom from work and chores so that a person has time for thought. Woolf notes that women such as Jane Austen would have to write in the family parlor or sitting room, perhaps getting five minutes at a time to write, and having to cover up their work when they were interrupted. As a working mother, time is my rarest and most precious writing resource, so it's frustrating when I have to give it up at lunch or in the evening so other things can get done.

What do you think is the most important thing a writer of either gender needs? Feel free to leave your answer in the comments.


Pat Dilloway said...

Time is pretty important, though I think first you need the inspiration. Even those who have time need the inspiration sometimes to get off their butt and write. Like this example

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Time is the most important, because it doesn't matter how inspired you are - if you don't have time, you're screwed. And to really write means you have to do it when you're not inspired sometimes.

Maria Zannini said...

Definitely time, but also motivation.

I can't think of one writer who doesn't wish for more time, but I've noticed also many of them insist they finish other activities before they write.

Is the other chore necessary or is it an excuse? In the end it's a choice.

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