Monday, February 25, 2013

Recharge: Day 1

If you're anything like me, then January and February are hard months for writing. I'm usually researching or planning at this time, and it's easy to feel stuck. Plus, short days with cold weather do not make for a happy Liz. Sara Biren over at Crow River Writer had this brilliant idea of hosting a mini writer's retreat. I'm in love with the idea, so I'm participating.


And we're kicking it off with an icebreaker!

What is your name: Liz Parker

What do you write: YA fiction--mostly fantasy

How long have you been writing: Novels since 2009, all other assortment of goodies for many years.

What location have you chosen for your retreat: Red Lodge, Montana. I went to Montana as a senior trip in high school with 13 of my closest friends. We stayed in this beautiful lodge that was remote and perfect and everything I want in a writing retreat right now. I still remember on our last night how hard it rained (storms are a huge inspiration for me), and when it was done there was a moon bow.

How did you come up with the idea or find information for your current WIP: I had a dream of this girl running through the woods during a war. She was fast. She had some powers. My imagination took it from there. I wrote a very rough first draft during NaNoWriMo 2012, and after spending January researching and February working up an R&R outline, I'm back to writing! Perfect time for a retreat.

This is the brief synopsis from November:

Sixteen-year-old Danielle Claiborne didn’t want to have anything to do with the war between the states. But when Nashville is taken by Union soldiers, the war comes to Danielle. It doesn’t take the invaders long to discover Danielle’s secret: She has the Sight, the ability to draw on the power of the stars. And that makes her a weapon, one the Union wants to wield.

When the Union offers her mother and her home protection, Danielle agrees to give up the life she knew to become Danny Clemmons, a Seer for the Federals.



I'll dive into the writing exercises at lunch.

Are you participating in Recharge: Winter Writing Retreat? Leave a link in the comments!

9 comments:

  1. Hi Liz, I'm hopping over from Sara B's blog. Nice to meet you! I'm also participating in the recharge "retreat" :-) I've also been writing since 2009! At least novel length stuff. Great to meet you and see you around.
    -Rachel

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    1. Hi Rachel! Nice to meet you! I love that events like this help me find new blogger friends :)

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  2. That lodge in Montana sounds awesome! I haven't been to Montana in years, but I remember thinking how beautiful it was when I was last there. We are just to the north of Montana here. :)

    I'm pretty excited for you that you get to dive back into writing. I think March is going to be a good month for the both of us, writing buddy. :)

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    1. It's marvelous--all wood and beauty and peace. I think March is going to kick ass. I'm so excited.

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  3. Liz, as I've said, I am so, so intrigued by your WiP. It sounds absolutely amazing! I had every intention of participating in this retreat on my blog, but I think I'll be more of a mental participant instead. I'm diving headfirst into a project, and I'm trying to preserve all of my creative energy for that. I'm looking forward to reading more of your retreat posts as the week goes on!

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    1. Thanks, Katy! We'll see if I get the chance to put one up today. I'm probably not going to get to it if I want to get any writing time in, but we'll see. Good luck with your project!

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  4. OOh, I like that yours is in a historical setting. That's super cool.

    Have you read any of Orson Scott Card's Alvin Maker series? It's pretty old, and sadly has some terribly embarrassing covers, but it has this neat mix of historical and abilities the author refers to as "knacks." I want to say the first book is The Seventh Son. Anyway, your idea sounds super interesting!

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    1. Thank you! The research has been tough, but it's been a lot of fun. I haven't read the Alvin Maker series. I'll check it out.

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  5. Hi Liz! Your location sounds wonderful. I've never been to Montana.

    Your NaNo project/WIP sounds AH-mazing. I'm glad you've made progress. Maybe you'd like to share a snippet?

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