Monday, November 9, 2009

Monday Moment #44: a writing prompt for your work-in-progress

(If you’ve already read this then skip past all the italicized blah-di-blah and start writing.) Monday Moments are writing prompts for your work-in-progress. They are questions that come from my experiences and are my favorite way to find out more about my characters. I find I learn a lot. Some of it I use. Some of it I don’t. But I always, always get to know my character(s) better just by answering the question. I hope you do too. )

I'm so very late getting to this post. I know. *hangs head feeling so very bad*

But with good reason (pretty much!).

I had a lovely weekend. *Jolie sighs, thinking back to only yesterday*

I have a super, SUPER advisory committee position as part of the SCBWI WWA. I now wear the retreat director hat, and this past weekend was the big event: Weekend on the Water!

Approximately 50 writers gathered at the gorgeous Alderbrook Resort to work with Cheryl Klein (Arthur A. Levine Books) and Ruta Rimas (Balzer + Bray). It was a jam-packed weekend filled with writing, camaraderie, learning, laughter, and, dare I say, a touch of relaxation. (I do know many of us were moms away for the weekend and food was put on the table and dishes taken away to be washed. And none of US did it. Ahh!)

Plus, I provided lots of little candy bits (as any good retreat director should). Even Nuts, our retreat mascot, dug into the candy. You can see he held on tight because it was going quick.

Anyway, it really was such a nice weekend. The kind you wish would occur more often that it does, or just last that much longer. I mean, look at this view...

Where does your main character find escape or wish they could go to get away?


Tara McClendon said...

Great question and lovely photos. It sounds like it was fun. :]

Kerri Kokias said...

Jolie, Thanks again for all the work you put into directing the retreat, it is much appreciated! I loved every minute of it. We are all so lucky to live in a region with such a strong SCBWI chapter. AND so much TALENT, if I do say so myself-

Dawn Simon said...

Thanks again for a fabulous weekend! You're amazing.

Where does my main character find escape? In her bedroom, when she's alone. But she'd probably go to the Alderbrook Resort if she knew it existed and didn't live in another state. Actually, she wouldn't, but I'd like to go back! ;)

Anonymous said...

Oh, how I wish I could be back there. CJ and I had such a good, but short, time there in August. Glad it was a successful retreat :)

Roz Morris aka @Roz_Morris . Blog: Nail Your Novel said...

Great question - particularly interesting for me as the story I'm just starting to explore concerns people with secret pasts. And now you've got me thinking about the secret things that people with secrets do - a kind of wedding cake of secrets! Very early days for this book, but a little nudge like this is useful. I'll be back...

Cuppa Jolie said...

Thanks, everyone!

And a big "Your Welcome" to Kerri and Dawn. I'm so glad you could both be there.

Dawn, maybe if Alderbrook was your character's escape you could go back and do research. :)

Roz - *rubs hands together* secrets!!! Sounds fascinating, especially a kind of wedding cake of secrets (delish!).