By Jo Shaw, Ben Fletcher-Watson and Abrisham Ahmadzadeh
Fifty reflections on women, power and identity
Friday, 20 September 2019
Author Spotlight: Meltem Naz Kaso Corral Sánchez
To bring some insight into Dangerous Women behind the scenes, some of our authors have answered questions about their writing process, their involvement with the Dangerous Women Project and their favourite women from history. In bringing the project into 2019, the authors have worked tirelessly to do themselves and the dangerous women they are representing proud, in amending and updating their pieces. It feels more than appropriate, therefore, to ask them how they do it, and what the project means to them.
First up, we chatted with Meltem Naz Kaso Corral Sánchez, who has studied and worked in cities such as Chicago, Detroit, Florence, Istanbul, Paris, Rome and Yerevan on various scholarships and fellowships. They include the Shelby Davis Award and the Utrecht Excellence Scholarship.
- What is your writing process/ routine?
I admit that keeping a writing routine becomes increasingly difficult when you have a full-time job with long hours, family commitments, and something that resembles social life. Nevertheless, I came to learn that I have to write regularly – this means every day – to keep my stories flowing. It is usually some time between 22:00 and 23:00 after dinner, when I am done with the day, and about to sleep. Sometimes I am too tired or too distracted to write more than 20 minutes, and other times I find myself writing for 2 hours. The key here is not to wait for the ideal moment, because it will not happen.
- What did the Dangerous Women Project mean to you?
I see this project as a venue that goes beyond the “stories” of Instagram, Twitter and other social media platforms to share the stories of women. Specifically, in the case of the story I have written, I would say that the project was about showing the world what made me curious and exposing my failed assumptions based on appearances. It was refreshing!
- Who is your favourite woman from history up until 2019 (apart from any women you've written about) and why?
For me, the dangerous women of 2019 are the ones who live in the margins of their lives, and their next step is unpredictable. Regardless of their class, gender, race or profession, the dangerous women of our times have something to teach us.
Who is your dangerous woman from history? Let us know at @DangerousWomen_
For now, keep talking! Keep sharing! Keep giving time to deserving women from all around the world.