Writing retreats. If you are an author and haven’t been on one–for heavens sake, GO! I just returned from five days in the Florida panhandle with some writing buds, and I am energized. We plotted, brainstormed, and watched movies–tearing them apart to see how their character arcs worked. It was a blast.
We also ate some delicious seafood, shopped in some fun little gift shops, and enjoyed the beach. I got up early every morning and walked along the shoreline watching the beautiful sunrise…and was able to get the above pic, which astounded me. The heron was there everyday, searching for breakfast, and I think he got ticked because I kept following him along the beach. Crabs were everywhere in the water. I think it’s time for them to spawn, and all I had to do was stick my toe into the minimal surf and they scrambled away. Too funny. Throw in a few terns–which run and fly much faster than I remembered–a flock of lurking seagulls, and a plethora of tiny hermit crabs, and you have much of the local critter population, which was extremely entertaining. I treasured my time with them each day, and didn’t mind getting up early to annoy them.
The pool at the condo, which was right on the beach at Perdido Key, was a delight. The water was warm; the pool, spotless–and I swam for ages. It was so relaxing after hunching over my laptop and thinking about my plots and characters for hours at a time. My friends enjoyed the pool too, and we often had the place to ourselves.
Writing is usually such a solitary experience, and I would say that most writers are introverts. So a retreat like this was more than welcome, not only to break the day-in, day-out writing monotony, but to recharge and regroup. I’m excited about my book again, and about the next project I have lined up, which my pals helped me plot. Wahoo!!
So if you write, get away. Forget routine, your usual world, and the stress of everyday life. It will enhance the experience of putting words on the page and invigorate your muse. ; )