We mermaids have had some pretty fun writing retreats in our time. We’ve stayed extra days after the WRW retreat in Westminster, MD. We also got derailed by Hurricane Sandy at a beach house in Ocean City. Each retreat (while it lasted) yielded writing time that was focused, productive. And uninterrupted.
The other day, I was thinking I could use a writing retreat right about now. I’m closing in on “The End” on my WIP, and all I need is a little push to get there. Sadly, there wasn’t one that was magically on the schedule. So I thought: why not have one of my very own?
Here’s how I’m doing it:
1. Clear my schedule. I talked to the important people in my life. Figured out which responsibilities I could get out of with a little juggling. The non-negotiable items I marked in my calendar. The rest of the time I’m reserving for writing.
2. Find a place to go. You don’t have to go out of town to do a writing retreat. In fact, I’m not, on account of my non-negotiable responsibilities. But while I will be sleeping in my own bed at night, I think a change of scenery is definitely important for my mind-set. I decided to go to my local library, from opening to closing.
3. Make a commitment to say “no.” Something will come up during the retreat time. It always does. But whatever it is, I’m going to say “no.” I’ve already determined which things are non-negotiable. Everything else can wait until after the retreat.
4. Prepare. I am packing plenty of snacks, water, warm clothes, charger, notes, iPhone, chapstick. Everything I could possibly need to be comfortable. I’m also going to get plenty of sleep at night, so that there’s no physical excuse (hungry, cold, tired) to stop me from getting the words on the page.
And that’s it! I did a test run of my “writing retreat” yesterday, with fantastic results. The official retreat is this week. Wish me luck!
What about you? Have you ever been to a writing retreat, or created one of your very own? Where did you go, and how much did you get accomplished?
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