Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Treat of a Retreat By Kathleen Lawless

It seems funny to think that authors might need and benefit from a writing retreat. After all, isn't that what we do every day?  Retreat to our office; retreat to our own world; a world of people and places we have created?

Even though we have all those friends in our head, it's still a very solitary pursuit.  And often real life gets in the way.  From a broken appliance to a broken ankle to a sick friend or an empty refrigerator..... the list goes on and we crave that escape.  That place where nothing interrupts the muse.  Where tea and wine and snacks are close at hand and no one is asking, "What's for dinner?". 
The bonus is the like-minded writer friend or posse, always at the ready to help brainstorm and problem-solve a stubborn or thorny plot point.

I've been to retreats with one or two others, retreats that numbered fifteen or more, and everything in between.  Each experience brings an invaluable dimension to my work.  As I write this it feels like time to make plans for my next writing retreat.  My favorite is when there is a spa booked at the end of the day as a reward for all my hard work.  What about you?  What's your ideal retreat experience? 

Kathleen Lawless is the award-winning author of over 20 novels, and is busy anticipating her next retreat with some long stretched of writing time spent on her up-coming series.  Sign up for her newsletter for updates and receive a free novella.

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9 comments:

  1. I love a good writing retreat and absolutely agree with you, Kathleen, there's nothing like the synergy of a group of writers. You can write for a while, brainstorm for a while, and I'm a big fan of treats at the end of the day whether a bottle of wine, a nice dinner or a massage. I get more writing done during a retreat where I don't have to think about anything but the book at hand than I do anywhere else. So, when's our next one??? :)

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    1. I get a lot more writing done also. We must be due.

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  2. If you're planning a retreat, Kathleen...let me know! it's been far too long...

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    1. Bonnie, always admired the dedication of you and your red door group.

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  3. I love retreats! The RWA chapter I belonged to for years (IRWA) has a great one and I went to that for years. Nowadays a friend and I hole up in a state park inn for a few days and write and talk and drink and eat--it's all good for the writer's soul!

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    1. Always good to feed the writer's soul. I have a friend who quilts and she goes on quilting retreats. Same idea. Gets a lot done.

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  4. I haven't been to one but would love to go. I could use some energy and synergy.

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  5. I haven't been to a formal retreat but have joined a few friends at a beach for several days while we either writer or brainstorm. I just returned from the NJRW conference and I was thinking that it was like being in another world for a few days. No responsibilities (except the ones I volunteered for!) and lots of people interested in talking about many aspects of writing.

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