|Writing outside? Citronella is needed!|
Every year I go to a summer writing retreat in the Cape, and these days, we also organize a winter one at my place in the Catskills. I have come to depend on these, to both unwind, and get cracking on my WIP.
Because writing is a rather solitary type of work, being connected to various writing communities is a must, or at least a lifeline. I belong to this amazing group, Untethered Realms, where we bat around story synopses, business stuff and other issues. I also belong to SCBWI, WNBA and RWA. But the extended writing retreat can deliver a more comprehensive array of writerly needs.
|Ahoy, the writing gang's here|
|awkward jimmy-rigging of the AC. Hey, writers aren't electricians!|
|Catherine with Margarita|
|Catherine with Maggie|
|Margarita & Shawn on the sailboat|
|Matey, are we on a pirate ship, or what?!|
|coffee with Helen on the porch in PJs|
We gab over morning coffee, write all morning, have lunch together and then return to our various writing stations until late afternoon when the ocean calls for swimming. In the evening we take turns cooking dinner, and play writing games after the meal. And we save one night for reading excerpts from our WIPs. Occasionally, we even watch some TV but we watch it as writers, analyzing plot issues, characters, and the like. This time the shows in question were The Night Of and The Night Manager. Oh, and China vs Brazil in women's volleyball.
Of course, we have fun, too! This year we took time to go on a sunset sailboat cruise.
Have you done a writing retreat? What was your experience?