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.