Many of you who know me know I have been away at a writer's retreat all week. I'm at LRWA's famous Hermit Week and I have had a fabulous time. What is Hermit Week? It is pretty much just like it sounds--you go away to write and kinda become a hermit for a week. This retreat is just outside Charleston, SC and we are in a very large house right on the beach. I am on the third floor and I have a little balcony--and I can hear the waves right now as I type (and the door is closed).
We are quiet all day so all the writers can work (there are 10 of us--each has a private bedroom/bath) and then around 5:30 or so we gather for a shared dinner, wine, and lots of chat!
I came here with a word count goal. I would forge ahead and get lots of words down. Well, I did get lots of words down but many other cool things happened that I did not expect.
- I made friends
- I thought
- I walked on the beach
- I watched dolphins
- I looked at the stars
- I tried new wines
- I listened to the waves
- I walked in the water
Have you been to a writing retreat? If not, why not? I think you could make your own--just get out of the house/office. Even a day retreat at the park to write. Go somewhere you haven't ever been--or been in a long while. Try it! You might be surprised at what you learn about yourself. I know I was. And now I have a plan!