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.

5 comments:

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?

laurapauling said...

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