If I’m being completely honest, I’d admit that the first draft of this essay was a litany of how sexism is very much alive and well when it comes to the world of writing and publishing. But as with most of my first drafts, I’ve decided to chuck that and start over. Here’s why: being a woman in this world is hard. This is not exclusive to publishing or writing. This is life. If you are a woman reading this, you know what I am talking about. #YesAllWomen did not come out of the ether. It came out of lived and shared experiences. So preaching to the choir seemed both redundant and reductive when it came to this essay. Instead, I thought perhaps it was time I put energy into celebrating women and offering a few random Christa truths.
Truth #1: Writing is a difficult profession. It is frustrating and defeating and occasionally wonderful and frequently awful and it is difficult. When I am hit in the face with good writing by men, I feel simultaneously jealous as hell and compelled to write better. When I am hit in the face with good writing by women, I mostly think, “Yes, good job, woman. You made it through the ice storm.” This perhaps is a little sisters before misters of me, but you’ll have to forgive me the indulgence. Yes, everyone has an ice storm. But for women, that ice storm comes with the burden of being a woman in a world that prefers to listen to men.~ read more ~