Dreaming Of a Personal Writing Retreat

Picture this.

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Picture this.

A quite house by a lake or in a forest or something. No wifi, no phone, just you and your laptop capable of accomplishing one task: letting you write, and only write, for days on end without any interruptions.

I want that.

You probably want that, too.

Can we go? How about now?

It would be nice to be able to take a week away from the world and spend all seven days just writing whatever, whenever I wanted. I would love to be able to sit down and plan that kind of getaway, to give myself something to look forward to — a change of scenery and environment that would be just enough to allow me to finish the book I’ve been inching toward finishing for two years.

But I can’t. Life can’t just … stop. I may be good at what I do, and I’m very grateful and fortunate in that regard, but I don’t have the luxury of taking time off from my work to write for “fun.”

Most of us don’t. That’s just the reality of how this whole writing thing works for most people.

It would be nice. But it’s not going to happen — yet.

When you’re feeling overwhelmed and you’re longing for a writing-only vacation, just remember that you’re still allowed to take a day, half a day, even a designated block of time one evening every so many weeks or months to dedicate solely to writing. Believe me, I know how it feels to not be able to sit down for a few hours and write without interruptions. I think we all need that. I think, if you can make it work, if you can arrange it somehow, take a day. Half of one. Even three or four hours. And just write.

Could I save up to take a personal writing retreat? Eventually, hopefully, someday. I’m already looking forward to it. In the meantime, I have to make the most of the time and space I have. We all do. It’s tough, it’s frustrating — maybe even a little discouraging — but maybe we can make it a goal for ourselves — so we feel like, at some point, it has to happen.

A quiet house. Just you and your laptop, you and your story, and nothing else.

I can’t wait.


Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is a staff writer with The Cheat Sheet, a freelance editor and writer, and a nine-time NaNoWriMo winner. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food and nerdy things.


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5 thoughts on “Dreaming Of a Personal Writing Retreat

  1. I would like a writing retreat. Sometimes I want to explore fiction or poetry more, but life stops me or I try to launch my blog. To set aside some time to let creativity run wild..that’s a good thing.

    I find too, that if you write in other genres occasionally, it could strengthen your writing as a whole.

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