Celebrate Women Every Day

dudewithsign womenday We must admit: we totally adore Steph and his project ‘dudewithsign’! It is fun… but also literary! Don´t you believe? 

In our opinion, each of Steph’s signs is a great example of saying a lot and meaningful in just a few words – everyone understands the meaning of his signs. Plus, it is written with such humor!

As we planned to post about ‘International Women Day’, we could only start our post with the dudewithsign’s post: ‘celebrate women every day’. In fact, women should be celebrated and recognized every 365 days of the year! 

If you, just like us, love to read and write, you can do it by discovering some of the best female writers. There are thousands of female writers we could highlight but today we will focus on Virginia Woolf. 

Why Should I Read Virginia Woolf?

Virginia Woolf is definitely one of our all time favorite writers and a great inspiration for everyone who wants to make a living writing. Reading a Woolf’s novel is a pleasure but also a challenge, which means it is also a great practice for an aspiring writer.

Woolf’s lyrical, stream-of-consciousness style may seem confusing or intimidating at first—but once you get accustomed to Woolf’s characteristic approach, you’ll find yourself reading some of the loveliest, smartest prose ever written. 

Where to Start with Virginia Woolf?

Our top recommendations on Virginia Woolf’s books:

Mrs Dolloway – Woolf’s 1925 novel about a day in the life of high-society English woman Clarissa Dalloway. The novel is a perfect example of Woolf’s style, jumping from present to past, and between the thoughts of various characters in Dalloway’s life to create a rich portrait of its central character and the societal milieu of England after World War I;

To The Lighthouse – one of Woolf’s most beloved novels, To The Lighthouse (1927) is a fascinating work about the Ramsay family and their friends, who are on vacation in the Ramsays’ summer house. Taking place almost entirely inside the minds of various members of the group, Woolf plays with perspective and perception to give the reader both a bird’s eye view and a profound understanding of the personalities of the vacationers;

Orlando – now it’s time for what may be her most intricate and elaborate novel: Orlando is a wild ride, telling the story of a genderfluid English poet who lives from Elizabethan times to the 20th century. 

Orlando is considered a highly influential work in feminist, queer, and transgender literature, and at the time of its publication was highly unique in its interrogation of gender roles and sexuality. It isn’t always an easy read, but if you stick with it, you’ll be rewarded with an epic and spectacular story.

If you started to read Virginia Woolf and found it hard don’t worry! The most important is to read read read: point out your difficulties and, from there, challenge yourself, understanding what Woolf can teach you.

If you would like to deepen your writing skills and be challenged every day, feel free to discover our fiction write course! Good luck!