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    reading all the things Anna Iguana's Avatar
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    Twitter hashtag for writers who write strong female characters

    #51writers is a Twitter-based group for authors who write strong female characters.

    A few lovely people from AW may be involved. Also, a few scoundrels... *side-eyes Andi and Murie*

    ;-)

    The plan is to share craft tips, support each other, and chat about #51writers prompts. After Twitter conversations earlier this month, about fifty-one people got the group going.

    Our name also nods to a historic, majority-minority status of women (the 51%). Gender isn’t that simple, and we’re open to all.

    Starting in July, @51writers will tweet daily prompts. We’ll try a mix of questions and see what engage us. Visit the #51writers hashtag to hop into conversation, and if you like, follow @51writers for a daily prompt and rare updates.

    If you decide to check us out, thank you. The more we are, the stronger we are!

    More info: https://twitter.com/storytoolbox/sta...13510994472960 (links to Twitter thread)

    PS, I hope this goes without saying: #51writers is a complement, in no way a substitute, to this awesome AW community. I appreciate you guys every day.
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    Sounds interesting, I'll have to try it. Thanks, Anna!

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    Thanks for the info, Anna. I've retweeted and am looking forward to participating.
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    Glad to hear, Lisa and Donna. :-)

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    I've retweeted, and am following. Sounds great. Thanks for posting, Anna.
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    Thanks, Cathy! Will get you added to the #51writers list ASAP.

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    Retweeted and following! This sounds cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anna Iguana View Post
    Also, a few scoundrels... *side-eyes Andi and Murie*

    ;-)


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    July 2017 prompts (draft)

    Below, is a DRAFT calendar of next month’s #51writers prompts. The final calendar will go up in a couple days. (And, here's a link to the full-sized calendar.) Please suggest additional community guidelines you'd like to see, any prompts/questions, or other ideas! Thanks much.


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    Me likey!
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    I've started following. I am intrigued...
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    Thanks, Liz and mrsmig! Ironically I was more nervous posting hashtag prompts than I usually am posting in Share Your Work. 😊

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    July 2017 prompts for #51writers are out!



    The full-size calendar & conversations are on Twitter. :-)

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    August 2017 prompts for #51writers are out! We have a beautiful new website (51writers.com) and two special events this month: "Platforms Week," a five-day swap of tips & advice for popular author platforms, and our "August Cruise," a few days of questions exploring limits in our writing so we can find new territories. Anyone's welcome to join in.



    The full-size calendar & conversations are on Twitter.

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    I have a few DUMB questions:

    1) Do you have to be a PUBLISHED author, or just someone who writes stories?

    2) How does one really KNOW they're female character is strong? I'd like to think so, but you know. XD


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    We've got unpublished, agented but unpublished, trade-published, self-published, and independently published writers. Everybody's welcome.

    Personally, I don't think there's one definition for a "strong" character. Ask two readers for opinions, and they will surely differ. When we were getting started, I wrote a small Twitter thread suggesting that #51writers take an inclusive view. I don't mean to prize strength above surviving or thriving with weakness or vulnerability.

    To answer an unasked question :-) mainly the group helps people who have similar writing/reading interests find each other for socializing, support, and professional networking in an otherwise solitary endeavor. There's a set of us writers who grew up identifying as female and hungering to read/see/be strong women. The phrase is definitely a product of specific culture and time. Gender's not that simple, and we're open to everyone.

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    Okies! Since my stories have lead female characters, I'll join!


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    Look forward to seeing you around. :-)

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    Now following! I'm away for three weeks, so I'll write on the road*.

    * While travelling**, not actually on the asphalt.

    ** But not when I'm driving


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    I'm following. And trying to get the hang of twitter .

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    *tips cap at Helix and ajaye in friendly acknowledgement*

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    September 2017 prompts for #51writers are out! We're having a fall "potluck," celebrating holidays for hats and cheese pizza, and staking out controversial opinions about semicolons. :-) Anyone's welcome to join in.



    The full-size calendar & conversations are on Twitter.

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    I have to say I'm torn about whether I should participate in this. As an AFAB nonbinary person, I tend toward writing male characters for dysphoria reasons. But when I do write women, it's the kind of women I wish were more prominent. Not all of them are "strong." Some of them are. Some of them are soft and vulnerable but show up with steel-toed boots when the chips are down. Some are sharp but brittle. Some of them don't have to face their weakness for so long they think they're invincible, only to realize they're anything but. Some of them protect themselves by swearing never to care again, then get thrust into a place where they do it anyway.

    So yes, I write "strong" female characters. I just hesitate as to whether I should join in. My books don't have quite the gender disparity of, say, Marvel, but I've still probably got about 60% male leads.
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    I think you're overthinking this. Just join in. It's a very welcoming community.
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