“Be a lady” – the contradictory messages girls get every day

Reading Time: 2 minutes This video from Girls, Girls, Girls magazine is pretty powerful: There’s some discussion about the magazine promoting it and whether it’s genuinely a change of direction, but I think the message of conflicting messages is a powerful one – and the debate about whether the magazine itself is promoting or challenging only intensifies that conflict. I start my book, The Lost Girls, with this quotation from Caitlin Moran: “When a woman says, ‘I have nothing to wear!’, what she really means is, ‘There’s nothing here for who I’m supposed to be today” — Caitlin Moran, How To Be a Woman. …

Writing ideas: a lonely platform

Reading Time: < 1 minute   Write something inspired by this image. Will you be the man, waiting on the platform? Has he missed the train and is waiting impatiently to get to somewhere important? Or has he deliberately taken a train that’s later, and quieter? What is in his bag, which is almost a briefcase? Or is it actually empty? Or, could you write as someone watching him from a bench just out of sight, wondering these things and comparing him to their own life? Then again, perhaps if your interests turn to horror you could take inspiration from the film Phone Booth, and …