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My favorite female writers span several genres, and each woman has distinguished herself as a master of her craft. If the ones who are still living got together to form their own literature faculty, the school would be without rival:

    • Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance, True Refuge, and Radical Compassion
    • Toni Morrison, author of Beloved and Song of Solomon
    • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists
    • Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns
    • Pema Chodron, author of When Things Fall Apart
    • Maya Angelou, author of All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and A Song Flung Up to Heaven
    • JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series
    • Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Big Magic and Eat, Pray, Love
    • Krista Tippett, author of Becoming Wise
    • Francine Prose, author of Reading Like a Writer
    • Gillian Flynn. author of Gone Girl and Sharp Objects
    • Joan Didion, author of The White Album, Slouching Towards Bethlehem, and The Year of Magical Thinking

I think it’s imperative to read writers whose gender or gender identity differs from your own. This practice has helped to deepen my empathy and create authentic female characters.

Who are some of your favorite female writers?

Growing Your Strengths

I’m a Nashville-based writer, talent strategist, and certified executive coach. On this website, I primarily write stories featuring a diverse group of professionals whose examples of applying mindfulness, learning agility, and storytelling will help you love your career and enhance your quality of life.

These characters face familiar pain points: nonstop change, accelerating economic and technological disruption, and the collective “noise” that grows louder each day. The impact, for these professionals and for many of us, has been confusion, distraction, and stress.

Until, however, each of these individuals chooses to do something new: practicing mindfulness, learning agility, and storytelling habits, and growing them into strengths…strengths that respond to change rather than just react.

Strengths that you can develop as well.

Don’t settle for the confusion, distraction, and stress. You’re stronger than that, and capable of much more.

Choose to do something new. Today. Start with this post, check out my books, and join our learning community to receive free, exclusive content via email each month with timely guidance on applying mindfulness, learning agility, and storytelling.

 

John M. DeMarco is a writer, executive coach, and activist based in Nashville, Tennessee.