I find my reasons for writing a novel have evolved lately. Sure, I write because I’m passionate about it and I want to tell entertaining stories, but my reasons have grown to encompass more than my original intentions. Last week a student at school told me she wanted to be a doctor someday, but her father told her it would be better, easier for her to be a nurse.
That, my friends, is one of the many reasons why I write. It’s also the reason why we need more strong, capable literary heroines—the heroines that stay with us for years after we close the book. Characters who tell young girls “Yes, you can do that.” when the world tells them “Try this instead. It’s easier.”
We give art a scary, mesmerizing power over us, and books are no exception. The heroines we meet in stories should encourage us to better, bolder versions of ourselves.
- Hermione Granger taught me to raise my hand and speak up in class. She taught me it was okay for girls to be smart and not to settle for boys who don’t appreciate smart girls.