Three reasons you should take a writing retreat

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A Necessary (Writing) Retreat

I have wonderful writing friends. A couple of weeks ago a bunch of us went back to a cabin on a lake for a writing retreat/vacation.

It was marvelous.

Taking some time out for you and your writing is one of the best gifts you can give yourself. Here’s why.

The first purpose of a retreat is to get you away from your everyday. Routines have their benefits, but sometimes you need to change course for a bit. Creativity requires new experiences, new fodder. Your routines may help you get the work done, but getting away from routines will ensure that your brain is in the best shape it can be to solve your creative problems.

The second reason for a retreat is to write. Everyone complains about not having the time to write. A retreat is the ultimate in making time to write. Even if it’s just for a day, it’s an opportunity to get work done in peace. That’s what you wanted, right?

Some retreats are more structured than others. Some schedule meals, writing times, and downtime. We didn’t bother with this, we worked most of the day with intermittent breaks to eat and swim. Sometimes together, sometimes in ones or twos.

The third aspect of a retreat may hinder you in your writing goals, and that is the relaxation quotient. I cannot overstate this enough. A retreat is about work, but it’s also about recharging your batteries.

I swam in the lake and lay back on an inflatable toy and closed my eyes, listening to the beauty around me.

I needed a retreat.

And I got work done.

Big news on the way. Stay tuned.

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