I went to a writing retreat sponsored by the Southern Magic RWA Chapter at a lake house this past weekend. Not only did I have a fabulous time with new and old writing peeps, I learned a great deal about myself and my writing abilities in the process.
There are no Marquess of Queensbury rules.
1. While I don't like being lost, and not being able to locate GPS on my smart phone, I was especially pleased to have Mary Freeman aboard who kept me calm as we traveled through unknown waters.
2. Sadly, I'm compassionate nearly to the detriment of my safety and others, at times.
Tip: When there's a turtle in the road, don't yell "Turtle" then swerve to avoid hitting said turtle, nearly flipping the car off the road. Hit the poor dear, if necessary. Reflexes aside, we survived nearly going up on two tires and I found myself promising my navigator, (cue Cap'n Jack) "Did you see that, bird? Because you won't be seeing it again."
What happens when networking writers meet the dead zone?
3. Isolation from pinterest, twitter, facebook, e-mail, and LinkedIn makes me edgy. But without distractions, I found out I could write up to 5,321 words in 24 hours! Woot! Let's hope I WILL be seeing that again. ;)
4. Writing 14 hours straight and sleeping 4-5 hours for two nights drains the brains. It's a good thing I have a compass pointing to what I want most to help me get through the day. I shutter to think where I would be without it.
5. Who knew getting ready to write The End again would be the best feeling in the world? It's like I've just won the Superbowl or something. (Where are you going to go, Kathy? Bring me that horizon. Da da daaa... and really bad eggs!)
Retreat - no interruptions + Finishing a book = priceless.
Oh! And did I mention I won the top prize for most words written?
Going to a writing retreat this past weekend made all the difference in the world to me. Have you cried "turtle?" What kinds of treats do you favor?