Tuesday, August 9
Stickin' To MY Guns!
Thia week I was thrilled to get comments back from an editor on a contest entry. She said she was struck by my vibrant and authentic western details.
Wow. It doesn't get better than that.
Her comments are very validating. I have really been through the grinder on this manuscript in this year's contests. I was dumbstruck when a judge recently told me a branding was a round-up. Nope. It isn't. A round up is what happens before the branding.
Another judge told me my hero wouldn't wear spurs. Huh? A working cowboy wouldn't wear spurs? Yeah, he would.
I could keep going, but the crazy comments I've gotten could fill up this whole blog. I do have to include this one, though. Several judges have commented that a branding iron couldn't possibly do lasting damage to my hero's back. What?!! Put a red-hot piece of iron on your skin, let it burn through muscle and tissues, and see how well you recuperate.
The point of all this is simple. I write what I know. I don't set my locations in faraway lands. I don't write about doctors or pilots. Or Arab sheiks.
I stick to the facts, ma'am. This way, I know I'm on the right trail. I'm not waisting writing time by doing research. I'm not making things up as I go along. I'm just writing what comes naturally for me.
Do I ever deviate, you ask? Not often, probably to my CPs' dismay. I like my subjects. I am comfortable with them. Why write about something that I know nothing about, when I have another thousand stories in my head about a subject I know and love? Sorry, CPs, but I'm sticking to my guns and my cowboys and the women who love them!