Goal #1: Retreat

Posted on 14 November 2011

By the time you read this, I will already be well into my writing retreat. But before I left, I made a list of some of my goals:

• Figure out and finish revisions to Part III of my novel.
• Address other revisions/edits/structural changes in the novel.
• Practice reading aloud from Living Arrangements and settle on some possible excerpts to use for readings.
• Read, read, read when I’m too wiped out to write.
• Take gym/yoga/walking breaks.
• Take care of a few neglected marketing-related things for Living Arrangements.
• If time permits, work on short fiction revisions.
• Refrain from calling Peter every hour to ask, “How are the cats?”

When I first scheduled this retreat, I planned to work on nothing but the novel. The reality is, however, that Living Arrangements is only weeks away from being released, and I still have business to take care of. Either way, it’s a luxury to have these days to focus exclusively on my writing. This uninterrupted block of time will help me finally wrap my mind around the more complex novel revisions. And when I need a break, I can turn to some other writing-related tasks to change things up. (There are always, always other writing-related tasks, aren’t there?)

I hope you’re all having a good start to the week. Remember: When in doubt, retreat.

What’s your number one goal?

Photo: Joe Shlabotnik

4 responses to Goal #1: Retreat

  • Averil Dean says:

    My number one goal? To finish my first draft, which is a scene or two from completion. It’s a good feeling to imagine all those words already on the page, waiting to cool down so I can begin to revise.

    Happy writing!

  • Downith says:

    Finish the WIP.

  • You are a wise woman to have such focus and know every step you need to take to see it through…

    Funny, I just wrote a list of my long- and short-term goals last week. (We writers are such a list-making bunch.) Toward the top is finishing final revisions on my long-completed but long-neglected ms. Just wish I wasn’t in the midst of the busiest time of the year for my day job, or I’d be taking your advice on that retreat…

    When are you going to share any tiny little details about your new ms?

  • Wayne says:

    “When in doubt, retreat.” I love this.

    My number one goal is to write the first draft of next screenplay. I’ve been fooling around with the outline and bits and pieces for too long.

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