Carolyn G. Heilbrun: Writing and Reinventing Women’s Lives, American, 1926-2003

Carolyn G. Heilbrun is a writer who influenced me tremendously. I read her book Writing a Woman’s Life in my late twenties and it made such an impact on me that I determined to keep its tenets in mind in all my future writing endeavors: Write what has not been written about women’s lives. Give them different plot lines and endings other than death or marriage. Dare to imagine what has not been imagined for women or what has been left out. Describe sex from the woman’s point of view, create self-identified female characters; ambitious, powerful women who still...

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