This week on WordWranglers we're talking about heroines.
As Christi mentioned yesterday, I too usually start with the heroine, although I do have exceptions.
I picked this week's topic. Why? Hasn't everything that's to say about heroines been said?
Probably. But here's my take...
I read on someone else's blog all the reasons a cowgirl makes a great heroine. I loved it, and meant to save it.
It got me to thinking about the type of heroines I prefer. City girls? The kind who rush through traffic and worry about Jimmy Choos? Not for me. I do have one like that, and it's difficult for me to get in her head.
For me, and I'm speaking only for me, I like a woman who can cook a great meal, doctor a sick animal, build a fence, handle horses and cattle.
Because those women are like me? Like my daughter and friend Kelley pictured here?
But I think it's more because it's easier for me to get in their head. I understand that kind of heroine. Where she comes from, what makes her tick.
But that's the job of the writer, you say, to create a character unlike ourselves. I agree with that.
However, I want to write the kind of heroines I like to read about. Those I can relate too. For me, that will always be the cowgirl heroine. To this day, when asked what my favorite book is, I always go back to Janet Dailey's Calder series.
Does this mean I don't read all heroines? Of course not. I read every kind, and enjoy them.
I'm curious, what kind of heroine is your favorite? Could you write someone so different from yourself that there were no parts of you sprinkled in?
Pull up a chair, I'll pour you a cup of coffee and let's talk heroines.