This Is Why We Need Writing Retreats

Posted on 16 November 2011

I’m back from my writing retreat. I did not drink my bottle of wine. I did do a tremendous amount of work on my novel. I did not yet settle on which Living Arrangements excerpt(s) to read. I did confirm details for my book launch party December 1 in Cleveland — more info on that soon. I did not even consider any short fiction revisions. I did drink coffee and green tea and I definitely ate kale chips, bananas, peanut butter, ginger snaps, and noodles.

That photo shows my workspace. I went through lots of post-its.

By some stroke of magic, the wireless internet did not work in my room. I could see horses out my window. It rained and I didn’t care. For days, I was completely absorbed in the novel. In that time, I worked my way through revisions that would have normally taken weeks. Yes, I was sometimes lonely being holed up in a location associated with romantic getaways, but then my checkout time rolled around and I wasn’t ready to go. I said a silent thanks to my room on my way out.

I made it back to Cleveland with a few hours to spare before my evening plans, but did I continue riding that writing/revising momentum once I got  home? No. I did not. This is why we need writing retreats.

If you are as fortunate as I was to have the time, the money, or the opportunity to take off and hide out for a few days to focus only on your writing, please do it. Do it for me.

When do you feel out of place?

8 responses to This Is Why We Need Writing Retreats

  • Paul says:

    I’m delighted that your retreat was productive and successful. It gives me encouragement that I might do the same some day. (No electricity at my cabin in the woods, or I might sneak off there to write more frequently.)

    Also, I’m booking my flight to Cleveland.

  • Lyra says:

    Congratulations on having such a productive retreat. I’m a little concerned about the wine consumption although perhaps that explains my problem…

    • On my last night, when I just really didn’t feel like drinking wine (thought it might put me to sleep instead of putting me to work…I was getting a little exhausted by then), I actually wondering if you guys would be disappointed in me for not drinking it. Ha.

  • amyg says:

    that book looks GORGEOUS on that wood table beside a coffee cup. really. simply beautiful.

    cleveland is only 6 hours from my driveway. i’ve never been to a book release party before…

  • Averil Dean says:

    When do I feel out of place? Always and forever.

    I love this shot of your table. Computer, post-its, coffee, notebooks. And your own PUBLISHED book for inspiration.

    Carry on, sister.

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