It’s Spring! Oh, not here in Texas. We’re already Summer. Trust me. I have the a/c bill to prove it. But I have a sister in Minnesota who sent an email announcing Spring had sprung in her yard. And she sent pictures to prove it. Here’s one of them:
Which reminded me…Spring is not the same everywhere. If you set your book in Minnesota in early May and start talking about the heat, you’re most likely not from there - at least if you’re talking heat in the 90s, anyway. That’s Texas heat. And if you get it wrong, your readers will pounce on it. You want readers to get lost in your story, not to set the book down in order to go tweet you about your dorky mistake.
Yes, it’s true. Everything has to be researched. And climate is easy to check out now that we have the Internet.
If you were going to write about this picture, would you focus on the big beautiful leaves? Or the one new leaf unfurling? Or something else?
6 months ago