The main thing is to make a fuss.
At The Rumpus, Elissa Bassist posts a hilarious, mostly imaginary interview with Elaine Showalter. The focus, as you might expect, is on women and writing, but like both, it is also so much more than that.
I often explain to my mother that to be a writer means to suffer mercilessly and experiment with prescription medication.
Go read. Just do it. It's that good.