Saturday, July 22, 2017
DIY Writing Retreats, or StayWriCations
So one year, I crafted my own StayWriCation. It was in November, and I had to finish final editing of a childhood memoir, so as to send out queries and snag an agent. I was determined to have pure, unadulterated, daily writing time -- and what better place to have it than my sun-filled, high-ceilinged living room, with a wall of glass, a deck nestled under trees, with the roses I grow to water while thinking through plot points, hummingbirds whizzing over my head?
I developed a daily rhythm, working from 7 am until 1 or 2 in the afternoon, and then taking myself out for fun, going places I normally don't go. I treated my home, the San Francisco Bay Area, as if I were a tourist, wanting to see exciting things.
For ideas and inspiration, I've found others doing the same. Here are some good articles on how-to DIY your Staycation writing retreat this summer. Every one of them mentions having a writing goal, to which I say YES!!
Writer's Digest - Create Your Own Mini-Writing Retreat
E.M. Welsh's How to Have the Perfect Weekend Writer's Retreat
But don't be limited. Dream your own perfect in-place writing retreat. Maybe it's in a local cafe, a library, or like one of my friends, a hotel room so close to her home she can walk to it.
Happy writing! What's your current writing goal? Write me if you like.