How To Plan A Writer’s Retreat
I once had a writing professor who swore by a taking semi-annual writer’s retreat. She said that nothing helped with her creative juices more than going off to a remote location, sitting by a river, and writing. She loved removing all the distractions from her everyday life to give her mind the space to create – no TV, no Internet, no phone, no noise. In fact, the retreat that she chose also had a no talking policy! The amount of work she produced in these few days helped keep her publishing as regularly as she did.
There are some companies that offer packaged writer’s retreats. But often, a cabin in the woods will do just fine. Here are a few simple steps to planning your own writer’s retreat.
1. Pick a location
You’re not taking a vacation, and you don’t want to invite in the stress that comes with traveling. Get outside of the city enough to feel like you’re somewhere else, but not so far as to waste all your time driving to your destination. Pick a spot that speaks to you. If you love being by the beach, try for a beach location. If you crave complete seclusion, a cabin in the woods might be right for you.
2. Give yourself a goal
What do you want to accomplish from this trip? Set an achievable goal for yourself before you go. Maybe you want to write the next two chapters of your book, or finish a final edit of your short story. Goals help you stay focused and give you a better sense of how to use your time wisely.
3. Stay disciplined
You may be in a beautiful location, but don’t forget that you’re there to work. Set work hours for yourself (you know when you work best!) and try your best to stick to them to maximize your time. If you need a change of scenery go for a quick walk or bring your laptop to a different spot. Don’t complicate your life by making elaborate meals or driving into town for groceries. Come prepared with the necessities.
4. But have fun, too!
That being said, allowing yourself the time to play and rest can do wonders for the creative mind. When you’re not working, explore your surroundings or sit by the fire. When you’re in the right mindset, you’ll find that you start to think about writing all the time. Your “off-time” will soon be filled with ideas and inspiration, and you won’t be able to wait to get back to work.
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