Monday, April 3, 2017

The Art of a Good Retreat

Although I try to make time every day to read and write, it can be hard to focus. There is always something pulling at the edges of my consciousness (I need to fertilize the lawn! Oh boy, the laundry is getting out of control!)

That’s why I was so excited to get away for a writing retreat a few weeks ago. My dear friend Debbi welcomed me into her house where I had five. whole. days. to write.

Wha? That’s almost blasphemous.

That’s the longest stretch of dedicated time I’ve ever had for writing and I made the most of it. In those five days I finished more on my YA revision than I would have in 3 weeks at home.

Since it worked out so wonderfully, I’ve decided to share my requirements for a successful writing retreat:
  • A quiet space to write (in a beautiful location if at all possible)

  • An accountability buddy! (Nothing motivates me like knowing I have to report my progress to someone else when I come out of my writing hole.)

  • Fun treats to look forward to after writing (including chatting with a friend, eating, sharing work, shopping for books, eating (yes, I know I wrote that twice!), and watching TV)
Sift bakery in Mystic:home to some very yummy cookies!

I was in heaven with this fairy house book!
  • TIME! (Long, beautiful swaths of time with nothing to do but write (bonus points if you get snowed in, haha!))
A picture of me in my magical crown for writing inspiration! ;)

My latest trip had all this and more. If you haven’t had a chance to get away lately, I’d highly recommend it. I can’t wait for my next trip!

And, speaking of all this so-called progress I made, here’s my March calendar. I’m liking all those maroon scribbles.