While I don’t disagree with men having the opportunities to write longer fiction, Jessica, keep in mind, men, like Hemingway, Bukowski and Carver (not to mention Twain) were at the forefront of the trimmed down, essential writings that most of us follow today. Lamenting the “strong edit” and blaming it on men sounds counterproductive. We should always hone, always be clear, simple and not waste time or space—or attention spans. Sure, men man-spread, but as Hemingway noted when talking about Thomas Wolfe, “I could have described Maxwell Perkins in one paragraph. Wolfe took three pages.” It is our business to hone. Why would you blame men? Concentrate on what you do and how you do it. Length is your responsibility—nobody else’s.

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I did a poor imitation of Don Draper for 40 years before writing my first novel. I'm currently in the final stages of a children's book. Lucky me.

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