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On Badass Female Characters and Telling the Truth through Fiction

The only way you can write the truth is to assume that what you set down will never be read. Not by any other person, and not even by yourself at some later date. Otherwise you begin excusing yourself. You must see the writing as emerging like a long scroll of ink from the index finger of your right hand; you must see your left hand erasing it.” --Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

I've shared the above quote with my students many times as a way of encouraging them to open up in their writing, to take risks, and to speak the truth as they currently understand it. 
This is indeed risky stuff. When we speak the truth, we may be wrong. Our truth may be incomplete or misinformed. We discover this as soon as we speak the truth to someone who disagrees with us or sees a different truth.
I thought about this quote after I received feedback from my agent regarding my work in progress. She likes the story but is concerned about the depiction of the female characters. The female lead is oft…

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