These were allegedly the last words spoken by Wyatt Earp to his beloved wife Josephina on his deathbed. Now, considering that we all know who rules the roost in most relationships, I would consider them more of a plea than a statement by Wyatt.
Having lived in New England I've spent some energy reflecting on why personalities differ so much across the country. Ultimately I reached the conclusion that the women who were moved from England to Boston reached those shores and said a categorical ‘no’ to the plea of suppose while westerners, on the other hand, embraced that question and lived by it.In my monthly Genre-ista blog I am taking the question of tension and applying it to different genres. For September we are highlighting Western Romance, so now is the perfect time to explore where conflict comes from in great western romance stories.
My answer… it is not the men who create the tension… no matter how big their, ahem, guns are. No, it is the women. These women had to be brave and strong, yet civil and nurturing. The very dichotomy of their roles in the western environment necessarily created tension.So, for our writing exercise this month I am asking readers to consider their favorite western heroines and examine the challenge they face living in opposition:
Feminine -yet- strongIndependent -yet- part of community
Adventurous -yet- civilized
And for our writers, can you give your own heroine, whatever the genre these conflicting traits? Do it and you may be surprised by the level of tension you will get in your writing.Be courageous yourself and suppose….