Writing a book is very difficult, because, unless it's a picture book, the author has to be able to create that visual for the reader that is in the author's head.
I had the most difficult time describing a certain location in Yellowstone Deception. My critique partner returned that section with comments such as "I must be clueless, because I have no idea what you are describing"...."I had no idea you were describing a location." Hmm...bad writing on my part. In my mind, the location was crystal clear. Then, this past week, I actually went to the location I was describing, and I asked my husband, and my boys, "describe for me, in words, what you are seeing. Pretend I am blind and have never seen this before." They all had a hard time putting into words what was in front of them, but each one came up with something different.
So, in the end, I hope my description as I finally wrote it in the book will make sense to someone who has never seen this particular feature in Yellowstone before. I'll keep it a secret for now as to which feature I am talking about. Hopefully my readers will give me feedback.
Until then, my teaser for today, from Yellowstone Deception, are pictures I took while on vacation last week of places that I describe in the book. Below each picture is a short quote from the book. (Let me know what you think of this sort of "teaser." I can probably do the same for each of the other books, if anyone else wants to see some visuals of some of the locations from the books)
|Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces|
“The early explorers called this White Mountain,” Dan said.