While you’re reading this, I’m at a writing retreat, so my replies may be infrequent. The reason? Duh. I’m busy writing. That’s what these retreats are all about. Fortunately, we get more than a pile of pages from them, or at least I do. Perhaps it’s because I live in a writing desert far from like-minded people?
Whatever the case, going on a writing retreat to me is like ice cream to a kid on a hot summer day. Dadgum it, now I’m hungry for the cold stuff, but I digress. Here are my top five perks of attending a writing retreat.
1. Since this is the whole point, I guess more pages has to be at the top.
2. At a close second for me is: Connecting with other writers
3. Just squeaking in below that is brainstorming! This is one of my favorite things to do. State the premise of a story to the group and let the ideas fly. You might be surprised at the story you get or the plot holes that are revealed, saving you hours of hard work.
4. The combined enthusiasm gets you out of the slump. Whether you’ve been stuck on one scene, wrapping up The End, or have been in a writing funk for awhile, a retreat with others will jump start you again. Guaranteed. Even if it’s that you feel obligated to type something because others are working so hard. Once you’ve begun, the characters start talking again and off you go!
5. Last on this list, but certainly not the last of the perks, is finding your mojo. This is different for everyone. It could be as nice as getting away from the ratrace long enough to hear your characters talking or as impactful as simply taking a deep breath from the stresses of life.
So, that’s my top five. Have you been on a writing retreat or a mini vacation that did you a world of good? What perks did you see from the experience? One lucky commenter will win an e-copy of my Annie Rayburn short story, INSIGHT.
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