Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Research - validation

I had a wonderful conversation this morning with a lovely woman who played competitive golf in high school. "Why?" you ask.

My WIP is about a teenage girl who struggles to overcome her nerves to compete in a major junior golf tournament. Her experiences are [very] loosely inspired by my own teen years playing golf. The primary conflict is the angst of competing in an all-boys sport and the stuff that comes out of that.

But my experiences were 20something years ago - and I wasn't sure that things were still the same. The novel needs to be relevant to today - it's not set in the past.

It turns out that things are not that different in the junior golf world. At least not in this young woman's experience. So, I feel validated. I may reach out to some more young golfers in the coming weeks as I contemplate querying.

It's wonderful when people take time out of their own busy days to support your work.


MG Higgins said...

Interesting. I'm surprised things are still the same in girl's golf; I would have expected it would be less "all-boy" by now. If must have felt great getting that validation! (And good for you for doing your research.)

Kris said...

Since we're both in New England - I can't speak for the rest of the country. But it seems like at small courses, in New England, it's still mostly a boys sport.

Anita said...

I'm guessing the girls love this. My oldest daughter actually reads a lot of what I right and I truly value her feedback.

Tina Laurel Lee said...

I agree with MG. Interesting. I am surprised too. So what do you have going today?

Anonymous said...

Kris- What great validation for you! It's always nice to know you're on the right track!