Monday, February 25, 2013

Recharge: Day One

I'm participating in Sara Biren's Recharge Winter Writing Retreat

I'm happy to say that I'm getting a late start on introducing myself because I've actually been busy writing today.


What is your name?
Carrie Monroe

What do you write?
I write for kids. I am currently working on a YA manuscript but I also try to write a picture book draft every month and shorter pieces for children's magazines. I also like Middle Grade fiction and have written poetry in the past.

How long have you been writing?
I've wanted to be a writer for a long time. I wrote for my high school newspaper and spent most of my teen years dreaming of someday working for Sassy magazine. I went to college where I studied theater but the desire to write never really left me and I started writing poems and stories a little over ten years ago. I wrote a novel for NaNoWriMo in 2007 and that was the beginning of the idea that I could write a novel.

What location have you chosen for your retreat?
Minnesota winter, no offense but I am tired of you. I've decided to spend my writing retreat on a houseboat in Sausalito. 

How did you come up with the idea or find inspiration for your current WIP?  
My inspiration for my current WIP came from feeling stuck. I felt stuck in my previous WIP, I also sometimes feel like I haven't seen enough of the world. My business is full of meeting new people but also goodbyes when shows are over. I think I was feeling like I was always saying goodbye and never getting to go places so I started writing about a character who leaves her small town in Minnesota to go to New York City.


Barbara Watson said...

Love the idea of this Winter Writer's Retreat. And I, too, would leave MN with you -- except I'd hang in my own private California beach house and write on the patio.

Sara Biren said...

OMG, I totally wanted to write for Sassy magazine, too! One problem - I was just not cool (or sassy) enough. That and they stopped publishing it. Oooh, a project? Should we revive Sassy?

I'm so glad that you've been kicking butt with your writing this week! And love the houseboat idea.

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