One family, two experts. #writetip I find myself writing a chapter about a woman having a baby while trapped by a forest fire. So what do I need? A new mom and a firefighter. Lucky for me Billy Stewart, Firefighter with the Calgary Fire Department and Adrienne Stewart, new mom to a handsome boy, Noah, not only answered my questions but are going to read the chapter and critique it.
Making a scene believable depends on the details a writer provides and experts help a writer get the details correct.
How could I know how firefighters puts on their uniforms or what gear they carry in different situations or what they worry about when surrounded by flames?
Only a new mom could tell what they might be thinking if they were trapped by a fire and having their baby.
These little details bring reality to a scene.
But when is the right time to ask for help? I wait until I have a scene written before I ask too many questions. This way, I’m as certain as I can be about the direction of the scene, I know where my knowledge is weak, and I won’t waste the experts time.
This is a big shout out to Billy and Adrienne for helping me create a better story.