So, in a few weeks I’ll be off with a writing buddy on a retreat where the sole purpose is to get through some words (while staring at the ocean).
I love retreats and endeavour to do one each year.
Aside from the pleasure of hanging out with one or more writer types, I like making dedicated time for writing in a measure of days instead of only hours. Usually they are quite productive days too.
Though my advice to anyone thinking about a writing retreat is to make sure you know what you want to work on. Preferably have any reading or planning done before you go, because otherwise it’s easy to get stuck.
Also, take some distractions for when you need a break. If you don’t, you’ll burn out and then the productivity of the retreat gets lost in recovering when you get back. A good book, a movie or some sight seeing near where you stay are good.
I tend to leave the alcohol at home, but I know some writers who write well on a glass of something. Or they tell me they do!
Picking a spot where you can stretch you legs when there’s a need to mull a story point over or just have a gear shift is a good idea too. (Also helps to work off the snacks that seem to go hand in hand with writing retreats.)
On this retreat I’ll hopefully be finishing my re-write and maybe, just maybe, returning to the Blurt. Excited!