Here at She Reads & Writes the tagline is “Women • Fiction • Life.” I truly hope that through my literary musings, I am able to honor and inspire women readers and writers of fiction.
Why? Because as Kate Winslet said when playing Iris in the movie The Holiday, “You’re supposed to be the leading lady of your own life.” To read about strong women, and to write about strong women, leads to being strong women. You can’t be what you can’t see.
Examples of strong women abound outside of fiction, of course, but fiction has always brought so much meaning and joy into my life. It has repeatedly entertained, provided at-times-needed escapism, and served as a marker of different milestones throughout my life.
Fiction has also stretched my worldview, helped me feel connected to humankind throughout history, and made some hard truths palatable. Sometimes a harsh reality or important lesson to be learned is easier to digest when dressed in a good story. That is the power of fiction. That a lie can be true.
A story can make you see something, feel something, a news report never could. “Fiction is the lie that tells the truth, after all,” wrote Neil Gaiman in The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction.
Yet, even as someone passionate about fiction, as my responsibilities have increased, the time and thought I have for fiction has decreased. Whether pursuing a full-time career, attending school, raising children, keeping house, or all of the above, it is easy to let the immediate demands of the day prevent reading fiction. And I know I’m not the only woman who feels this way.
And so, I’ve had to alter the way I read fiction. The once regular hour or two of uninterrupted reading on my back deck is a luxury that hasn’t happened since my son was born 19 months ago. The 15 minute reading sessions before bedtime and the audio books listened to on my daily commute are more in tune to the season I’m in. I adapted. You can, too.
I’m so excited to start my blog journey with anyone who will follow along! Thank you, thank you for joining me on this adventure.