Monday, November 8, 2010

Monday Moment #94: 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.)

Monday Moment #94, take two!

Last night I returned from a long, but wonderful, three-day writing retreat. I guess it was a bit more than that for me, since I am the Retreat Director for SCBWI Western Washington. But I will say our Weekend on the Water was fantastic, and I was going to write about here for Monday Moment #94!


I can't load any photos. And what good is it if I can't show you some of the weekend's delights through photos? Arg!

(Maybe one of you out there can help me. When I click to add an image, it pulls up something called Google Cloud Picker and wants me to sign in. Huh? Since when? But then it says the application I need to use is unavailable. Frustrating. I've given it time, and then come back to it. Same thing happens.)

So, I'm moving on with plan two. I'll tell you about the retreat in a separate Cuppa post another day when I figure out this whole picture thing.

Until then, has this ever happened to your character?

Here's one bit to share from the weekend. I can tell you, my Monday Moments were absolutely validated by the lovely editors (Jill Santopolo and Nancy Mercado) who were leading us over the weekend. Being able to answer any and every question about your character (regardless of whether it something that happens within the pages of your book) will creates stronger work.

So, I ask you: When was a time your character was frustrated by something that didn't work and how did they react to it?

1 comment:

Kjersten said...

I can't wait to hear about the retreat. Good luck figuring out the photos.