Something I've been considering for a while is doing a solo writing retreat. No noise, no people, no distractions - just me and a laptop, if only for the weekend.
I've got some extra vacation days this year and I want to put them to good use, instead of lying on a beach or sitting around stuffing my face (although, let's be honest, I am saving time for that...).
Because you know what I've realized?
I never put my writing first. Ever.
I put it aside in college to study something I didn't love. I put it aside when I started working because it was "just fun to do on the side." I put it aside now whenever I have other weekend plans, which is often.
The reality is that if I want this to ever become a full-time job - pipe dream or not - I need to start letting it take some precedence in my life. Reading over that timeline I made for PPP has made it clear to me that if I ever want to become a real, live, WRITER, I cannot take 2+ years to write one book. Random spurts of productivity are not gonna help me get to my goal - at least not as quickly as I'd like.
I mean, this is the time to do it, right? One day I'll be juggling my writing with my husband, our children, a house, the bills, the grocery shopping, etc. It's totally possible to do, but it'll be tougher.
So, in 2013, I'm going to prioritize my writing a bit more and my first step will be a solo retreat.
I have no idea when and where. Google turned up a bunch of ideas, but most people mention group getaways with other writers. I have to say... that doesn't really appeal to me at all. Is that weird? I don't like writing my stories when other people are around, even if they're just typing away too.
I would LOVE to go to Europe, but 1) I've never traveled alone internationally and it makes me nervous, and 2) I would be way too distracted by wanting to sight-see and eat everything within reach.
So the States it is. Maybe some cozy quiet bed-and-breakfast somewhere?
Have you ever taken a solo writing retreat? Where did you go? Did it help your productivity? Any tips?
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