1. Ever been told…? by da-AL

Photo of da-AL in Spain with caption: Ever been told 'you write like a man' supposedly as a compliment?

Ever been told ‘you write like a man’ as if you’re supposed to take it as a compliment?

72 thoughts on “1. Ever been told…? by da-AL

  1. This was a great question! I can honestly say that I have never been told that I write like a man, probably because I am an extremely emotional person. I am very passionate about writing and started my blog last July for a few reason. I really wanted to raise awareness about Multiple Sclerosis, which I have lived with for almost 18 years, but I also wanted to encourage and inspire others. I have loved writing since I was a child and really wanted nothing more but to be a writer. I still want more than anything to write a book someday, but we will see how it plays out. Of course I have the freedom to write about anything I want with my blog, but I am now trying to find out how to get into freelance writing. Determination should have been my middle name! I am looking forward to reading more of your posts and hope it you have the time you will check my site out. I hope you have a nice evening and a great day tomorrow!!

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  2. I’ve been told I have the logical mind of a man. I do not take it as a compliment because I feel I have the logical mind of the woman I am. I also have the emotions of the woman I am. I am not afraid to have people see me cry, or laugh, or be depressed or become angry. Without emotion, without deep feelings, I could not write poetry. But there always has been a bias against women writers, not so much now, but in the past. Even marvelous writers like Ursula LeGuin started out writing as U.K. Leguin. The Bronte sisters’ first published works were under the names of men. No, saying a woman writes like a man is no compliment.

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  3. Well, there’s a new one. Why pick “a man” as the compliment part? I think you write like a boss! Whether that’d be a female or a male boss I’ll leave completely up to your interpretation 🙂

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  4. I was just talking about this with my husband last night; the polarities of ‘expert’ tones in clinical books. They do have a tendency to be either too hard or too soft which may be the fault of a publishing paradigm. Thankfully there are writers who refuse to yield regardless of gender. I’ve yet to be accused of anything other than ‘dark and confusing’ by my mother who has also told me on more than one occasion how masculine I look. Haha. Thus, I write. !

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  5. I’ve been told that I ‘think like a man’ ever since I was a teen. Don’t know that they meant it as a compliment but rather that they were bewildered by it.

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