Day 7 – “G” Getaways and Retreats
Who doesn’t love a good writing retreat? There is nothing better than a weekend getaway, taking with you your writing materials and books, notebooks and utensils, with the primary goal of busting out a few chapters, getting some intense researching completed, or plotting and outlining away. Weekend (or if you’re lucky, week long) getaways can be immensely beneficial in polishing off a first draft, getting a serious round of edits in, or giving your novel the motivational kick in the ass it needs to get going.
The most productive writing retreat I’ve participated in to date was this past November as part of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I detailed this getaway in a previous blog post (Writing Retreat = Success) and still look back on that weekend with longing; longing to be back in that glorious cabin. No TV, no social media, no distractions, with the lake view on one side and the ocean view on the other to motivate me to write, write, write!
Obviously the most productive getaways are ones that are longer in duration, but what if you can’t find the time to carve out a week long retreat, or even a weekend? What if funds are tight that month and you aren’t able to justify the cost of a cabin? Take an afternoon and go curl up in a coffee shop somewhere. Find a nice cozy nook at the library. Work on jazzing up your writing space at home to create an area that screams to your inner creative gremlin. Getaways can be “staying in” retreats, you just need to eliminate distractions, and close yourself off to anything and anyone that hinders productivity.
(Random side note… I used the term “creative gremlin” previously and I’m in love with this phrase I’ve coined. It is such a fitting way to describe my inner creative muse, has stuck around, and I’m certain will make future appearances. 😉 )
What kinds of writing getaways have you gone on? Do you have any hot spots you like to frequent, or do you set aside a weekend at home and do a writing retreat in? Do you have any retreat-related routines to ensure maximum productivity?