Yesterday, blog friend Melissa Marsh posted a question, Why do men spit?
Of course, I felt obligated to answer.
This isn't the first time I've felt duty bound to speak on behalf of my gender because for whatever reason it seems that women out number men in most writing circles. A quick count of my writing related blog roll says five of the forty one bloggers are male. That ratio is not all that different from the ones I see at the writing conferences I've attended. My friend Debbie, who has taught many a writing class, has told me she got excited anytime a male sounding name appeared on her class roster, because that meant a different perspective in the upcoming class. But she says more often than not her excitement was for naught since the student turned out to be a woman named Frankie.
All this begs the question, Why?
Are women that much more imaginative? And creative? Maybe but I don't think that is the true answer.
Do they have more time to write and pursue publication? Hardly, since most of the ones I know work, raise children, run households and do all the other things necessary to be a functioning member of society. Actually most women seem to perform far more daily takes than their husbands.
So what is the answer? I'm sure there are many factors but I have a theory.
Women have more courage than most of my male counterparts. They are more willing to stick their necks out, expose their dreams to scrutiny, and face rejection.
I have been writing seriously for seven years. in that time I have seen many a talented male writer wash out and give up too soon. Sure I know women that do the same but not nearly as many. But I give those fellows credit for at least trying. I know others that say things like, One of these days I'm going to write a novel." Or "I have lots of greats plot ideas." And of course, "One of these days when I have time."
Well, I tend to agree with the old saying, "If ands and buts were candy and nuts, we'd all have a Merry Christmas."
So on that note, I say to all male and female. If there is something you want to do jump in and go for it. Fear is a mighty poor substitute for a dream.