This post is for Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group (click the link for details on what that means and how to join). You will also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge that are worth checking out. The first Wednesday of every month, we all post our thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for fellow writers.
This month’s question — Other than the obvious holiday traditions, have you ever included any personal or family traditions/customs in your stories?
This month I am co-host along with my wonderful fellow co-hosts:
Shannon Lawrence http://thewarriormuse.blogspot.com/
Sarah Foster http://thefauxfountainpen.blogspot.com/
Natalie Aguirre http://www.literaryrambles.com/
Lisa Buie-Collard http://www.lisabuiecollard.com/
Celebrations–what a great way to add excitement and authenticity to a story! I do this as often as possible. Not necessary the obvious holidays but those that are unique and would interest readers.
For example, my novel, Twenty-four Days, predominantly takes place on a Naval cruiser, the USS Bunker Hill. I share a lot of information about daily life on a warship (thanks to my daughter who’s served on several). In this case, my character crosses the equator aboard ship for the first time and participates in the Navy’s four-hundred-year-old ceremony called the Line Crossing Ceremony:
The ceremony observes a mariner’s transformation from slimy Pollywog, a seaman who hasn’t crossed the equator, to trusty Shellback, also called a Son or Daughter of Neptune. Historically, it was a way for sailors to be tested for their seaworthiness. Now, it’s simply a reason to celebrate the event of crossing the equator.
Luckily, my daughter participated in this and gave me an in-depth explanation of what was involved. If this grabs your attention, check out Veterans United’s in-depth explanation.
Now, I’m off to see what your traditions are.
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Against All Odds, Winter 2020. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning