- Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
- Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
"Taylor Swift songs are meant to be sung aloud in the shower, danced around to in the middle of the street and cried to when you’re home alone with nothing but chocolate ice cream. But above all else, they’re supposed to speak to you.”
There are many reasons why I want to write. But the one constant in my as of yet futile attempts to complete a novel is my idea of a central character: a real woman.
Or a girl.
The age doesn’t matter really.
What I want to write is an authentic person. I want to write about a strong and confident woman, who can be weak and stubborn or difficult or in pain sometimes, too. Because that’s what a strong woman who is also a real person feels.
I want to write about someone who works hard at being the best person she can be. I want to write about a person who makes mistakes abut succeeds nevertheless. I want to write about a heroine who falls in love but who isn’t defined by that love.
I see her so clearly in my mind: she wears dresses and high heels and makeup when she wants to. And she wears loose shirts and yoga pants just the same. She likes to dance and laugh and do sports, but she also eats like a normal person and has a bit of a sweet tooth.
She has great girlfriends and women to look up to, but she also knows strong and capable men who teach her as well. She likes beautiful things and she enjoys learning new things. She is a true composite of all the good things in life, and she struggles because she is also human and therefore flawed.
I want to write her so badly. I want to send her out into the world, and I want for her to become the kind of role model that Hermione Granger and Rory Gilmore and Elizabeth Bennett always were for me.