Often inliterary criticism, writers are told that a character isn’t likable, as if a character’s likability is directly proportional to the quality of a novel’s writingRoxane Ga


I was going through a news archive, of one of my favourite writer, a feminist, a fellow countryman and a woman by gender. I came across one of her recent speech and I thought I should share with my ever interactive friends.

The award winning author and renowned feminist thinker Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie gave a speech  at the 2015 Girls Write Now Awards ceremony about the pitfalls and stupidity of pursuing likability.

Well if you don’t know, I live in a world where women are taught from a young age to be inoffensive, loving and working to avoid “stains” but Adichie thinks that wrong and had her heart bare laid bare to the world.

She thinks this attitude and pressure…

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Say Your Name – prompt from the Daily Post

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Say Your Name

Write about your first name: Are you named after someone or something? Are there any stories or associations attached to it? If you had the choice, would you rename yourself?


My first name is Teresa. Not only do I hate this name, but it is very annoying to have to explain to everyone I meet that no I do not have an “H” in my name. DO NOT! 

If it is already printed, if it is not a legal document I usually just let it go. But legal documents need the correct spelling. Even when it is spelled out in front of them, it is still misspelled often.

I was named after my two grandmothers – Teresa Elizabeth. I asked my parents why didn’t they make it Elizabeth Teresa. I could live with that and there are plenty of nicknames for it. 

I was told that…

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