Well, I just got back from my first writing retreat. I was not alone. I had my writer friend from church, Ava. She invited me to her river house about an hour away and I said YES! It was the first time I've ever gone away for the purpose of writing and it was the coolest thing ever.
So Monday through Wednesday of this week, Ava and I sat on the front porch of the river house and worked in our Book Buddy. We were both in the beginning stages of our stories and spent time developing plot and characters. What was so cool was that we would sit in silence, working and writing in our workbooks, then one of us would say..."What do you think about this idea?" or "I'm stuck here. What should I do?" We were able to have quiet time, yet have another person help us out when needed.
|Me with my favorite drink and My Book Buddy (I had it printed and bound.)|
|Ava with her drink and Book Buddy.|
On the last day of our retreat, I was able to start writing. Ahhhh, the sweet thrill of starting a new WIP. There is nothing like it. (well, maybe the sweeter thrill of finishing!) I'm pumped!
Of course we did wind down in the evenings. Ava brought us Snuggies to wear to keep us cozy and comfortable, and we watched Letters to Juliet one night. And I did bring my Kindle to read, but my brain was so tired, I didn't get much read before my eyes would close and I'd snort. (Yeah, I snore some...sigh.) Romance writers should NOT snore. It's just not cool.
|Yes, I look like a wizard here.|
|Ava and her UT Snuggie. Go Longhorns!|
So tell me...have you ever been on a writing retreat? What was your experience like? If not, have you ever thought of how you could make that possible?