Thursday, April 02, 2009

Immersion Writing

I am writing a western.

And I'm thinking about cowboys all the time.

Is this immersion writing or total indulgence? You see, I love cowboys and all things western. I've been watching cowboy movies, tv series shows, reading cowboy books, listening to cowboy music.

How do you get yourself into your character's head? How do you drop yourself into your storyworld so much that your reader can't help but follow?

Is it a hardship or a joy?


  1. I think if it's a hardship,it will show in the writing. Then no joy for either you or your reader. If it ain't fun, it ain't worth doing. Course what do I know as a NGLR (-;

  2. Research! I'm writing a story set on a ranch with cowboys and stuff now too. Its so fun =)

  3. Immersion is the best!

    Right now it's hard for me because I'm going through some of the same struggle as my heroine and not taking all the same steps as she is to successfully navigate the journey. Who know you could find conviction through your characters?

  4. Same as you, Erica--immerse yourself in it.

    I've been working on baseball-related fiction for several years now, and before my kids were school-aged, I watched SportsCenter every morning, taped behind-the-scenes shows on all kinds of different networks, and followed one team for every game for 3 1/2 years.

    I've never played pro baseball (and never will :D), but I feel like I can create a pro player and put him in a realistic story world.

  5. I know exactly what you mean. Of course, my daddy is a cowboy, and that's the culture I grew up in. Great folks. Love those country-western dances. And if you're not familiar with Baxter Black, the cowboy poet, you should check him out . . . seriously!

  6. CJ, every author needs an NGLR like you! :)

    Betsy, we'll have to compare notes on the cowboy stuff. I grew up in cowboy country, but alas, I was a 'townie'.

    G- You're doing okay. With all you have going right now, just keeping your nose above water is a victory. You'll get where you want to go, and you'll get your heroine there too! :)

    Sally, I guess we both get to indulge ourselves...Write what you know...write what you's all good. Wonder if I can write off rodeo tickets on my taxes as a writing/research related expense?

    Carla, I LOVE Baxter Black. :) PBS in IOWA aired a special with him awhile back and I was in stitches.