A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.
― Virginia WoolfA Room of One’s Own

Virginia Woolf might have been on to something, but hardly any woman I know has enough money, space, peace, and time to write.


“Women Writing by the Window” by Georg Friedrich Kersting. Photo credit: http://www.jimandellen.org/GKerstingLadyByWindowWriting.jpg

But, we should change that. Here’s how:

I had the recent privilege of chatting with Jackie VanCampen, author of Letters to My Daughter and founder of The Writer’s Divine Den program on Positive Living Vibrations Radio.

During our conversation, Jackie and I dug deep and spoke candidly about why women struggle with writing.

1. Time.

2. Perfectionism.

3. Guilt.

Any of these sound familiar?

And–if time, guilt, and perfectionism don’t stand in woman’s way, other people might.

Women find it difficult to write about their own experiences with courage when they anticipate repercussions from family and readers.

But, what would it mean for women to claim their creative space–both in a literal and figurative sense? 

“No matter what your age or your life path, whether making art is your career or your hobby or your dream, it is not too late or too egotistical or too selfish or too silly to work on your creativity.”

― Julia CameronThe Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

Here are three reasons why you and every woman you know should live into Woolf’s notion of “a room of one’s own.”

1. Creativity is a heart activity. It nourishes women in a special way–different from caring for others, making progress up the job ladder, and raising children.

2. We have a unique voice. Women write from a unique position within their cultures, families, and environments. Our experiences help us re-imagine the world in ways others in our community cannot.

3. We owe it to ourselves.  What might it feel like to have lived a long, full life only to look back and say, “I wish I’d devoted more time to writing.” We can all grab ten sacred minutes to work on our hearts. Take a notebook to the kids’ practice; get up thirty minutes before everyone else. Make it a priority.

Head over to my Writer’s Divine Den interview to hear more tidbits about women and writing. I promise you’ll enjoy the conversation, and I imagine it will hit home. Thanks for having me, Jackie!

Creative resources for women:

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

The Writing Life by Annie Dillard

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