Fiction Daily.
A blog on writing, writers and why we read. Posted most mornings by Marion Blackburn.
Room to write
When Virginia Woolf wrote A Room of One's Own, it was during a time when women were hardly considered smart enough to vote. It recalls, too, Mary Wollestonecraft's frustration with a society that relegated women as their husband's property.

For me, what made Woolf's book so important was the concept that everyone needs privacy, time and physical space to think, dream and achieve.

That's especially true for someone who writes. We need huge buckets of time, vast lost hours to eek out phrases, redo them, and think of hundreds of other possibilities before finally conceding that we'll never get it just like we want it, that there will always be another, more beautiful way to say things that's just outside our reach.

Woolf dared to claim that dream space for women, but we all need it.

2007-10-14 12:15:36 GMT
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