Saturday, May 19, 2012

Retreat, retrench, refresh

This is why writers retreat.

The picture above is from a recent trip I took with members of my writing group, the local chapter of Romance Writers of America. As you can see, we were entrenched in a lodge in the Ozark Forrest (though far from roughing-it with Jacuzzis, a gourmet kitchen, wi-fi, etc) where our cell phones had no signal.

We talked publishing, love, and life, and had a great time joking inappropriately.

Most of us were able to do loads of writing and revising while we there for the QUIET weekend, away from our jobs, kids, and partners.

Today, I'm spending my Saturday the way I usually do, at my regular writing cave in a cabin on the river. It's beautiful here, and I'm happy to have the time off from my day job for writing. Unfortunately, QUIET doesn't describe my morning. A man on a red tractor is circling the cabin, mowing the area...loudly...for the past three hours. In fact, the only thing louder than the mower drowning out the sounds of the birds is my hubby's snoring in his recliner, just a few feet from my writing spot.

So writerly folks, take note: this is why we should allow ourselves a retreat. If I accomplish little writing today, at least I can look back at my retreat and know I banked a few extra hours for this very reason. Now, where is my calendar? I need to plan a new retreat.

(photo by the awesome Megan M. Mitcham)


Brinda said...

I bet you still get a lot accomplished in spite of the tractor and the snoring. You are a writer on a MISSION!!

Sandi said...

True. Maybe I just miss Cyndi calling us back to our keyboards!