I'm going to use my editorial powers here and instead of linking to a great piece of fiction this week, I'm going to link to an essay that I feel is incredibly important, as well as interesting and worth reading. I'd say it was particularly useful if you are a writer, but honestly, I think it is particularly useful if you are anyone.
Greg Rucka writes comics and novels, and "Why I Write 'Strong Female Characters'" is one of the best essays I have ever seen on this subject. (And I have read a lot of these essays, as it's a topic I take a particular interest in.) Thanks to io9.com for originally publishing Rucka's post.