Monday: May I tell you something about writing?
I mentioned this a little last week, but I recently went on a writing retreat with some of my very favorite local writing buddies!
I was in major writing mode, so I didn't get very many pictures, but if you hop over to Dana's blog you can see some pictures that she snapped.
This retreat was a great idea, and it came at a perfect time for me. I was feeling stalled in my own writing and just getting overwhelmed in life as I tend to do. I was sort of stuck on a part and I was thinking about it a lot, but not really doing. I was making a lot of excuses.
So, the six of us rented this cabin in Lake Arrowhead and headed up there for the weekend with one goal: WRITING. Some of us were drafting, some of us were revising, and some of us were cutting, but all of us had goals we wanted to achieve and were thrilled for the time away from husbands, kids, jobs, and responsibilities to just get it done.
Our little cabin was the perfect writing haven. Couches and chairs and window seats and a huge kitchen table for us to gather around. We brainstormed and shared our goals and our worries and our ideas, and then we settled into our cozy spots and it was silent. Yes, a house full of six women was total silent. Well, aside from the tapping of the keys and the slurping of the coffee. It was awesome.
In the end I was way more productive than I even thought I would be. I added 11,000 words to my ms over the course of our retreat. Now, before you throw me a parade, I was able to salvage several scenes I had cut after my story changed direction, so I edited those and added them back in. But that was probably 3-4K...the rest were all brand new words. I was finally able to shake off the funk I had been in with this story and make some major progress, which felt amazing.
I was also able to do some major bonding with these amazing women and just talk writing with people who understand, which is really priceless.
Since then I have been trying my hardest to keep up my momentum from the retreat. It's hard when you are thrown back into real life and actually have to worry about things like going to work again, but it's been put back in the forefront of my priorities now, and I'm working my hardest to keep it there.
I know a writing retreat isn't possible for everyone. It isn't cheap, and not everyone has a whole weekend to get away from reality. But check out this post from my friend Kelsey who set up a little writing retreat in her backyard. You don't always have to go up to the mountains to get in the zone when it comes to your writing, so maybe there is a nice place for you to get away right in your area.
Have you been on a writing retreat before? Do you have one in the works? Do you think this kind of intensive, all day writing would work for you?