Well, I’ve done it, folks. I’ve sent the proposal for my next non-fiction book to my agent. Yip yip yipee 🙂 🙂
Yes, yes….I KNOW I was supposed to be writing my novel, and I have been. Lots. I promise. But sometimes novels need time to breathe, and marinate and just sit for a while. If indeed one can do all of those things at once…
During those times, non-fiction and journalism take over, and instead of plot and character development it’s all facts and articles. Luckily, I love both. Unluckily I can’t do fiction and non-fic at the same time. That way madness lies.
I’m pretty psyched about this non-fic project, so I just really hope Monsieur Agent sees the potential that I do. I’ll keep you posted…
In the meeeeeaaan time, I have a question for you: I’m writing an article called (for now) “Why do women pretend to be stupid” and wondered if you have any experience of this, or thoughts on why it happens. You know, the old ‘Oh, I can’t do maths….go ask your dad – he’s cleverer than me’ type of thing. Or, ‘Oh, I’m not very good at X,Y,Z….hee hee hee, silly me’ when really they’re jolly good at it, they just think it’s cute/interesting/expected that they’re not.
Men almost NEVER do this. They tell you straight out, and with absolute confidence, that they can do something, even when they’ve no idea what they’re doing; women more often tell you they can’t do something when they flipping well can. WHY?!
Are we so lacking in confidence? Are we scared of intimidating men? Does it affect our career progression, and are women who act more like men and say ‘yes, I can do that easily’ more likely to shimmy up the ladder? Is it endearing? Or is it as annoying as I think it is? Is it getting worse, or petering out? Is it a stereotype thing from….the Dark Ages? Are we passing it on to our daughters?
Just some thoughts. Let me know yours…you can reply here, or send to firstname.lastname@example.org