This weekend I attended my first ever writer’s retreat high up in the Manti-La Sal National Forest. For the first time in years I had hours of uninterrupted time to sit and work on my book. It came at a great time as well, for the past few weeks I’ve whittled away at the final scenes and not made any progress. Being away from my crazy normal life gave me a chance to clear my head and think through the different emotions and images that have eluded me. Now I just have one concluding scene, and this draft is finally done!
Not only was this my first retreat, but I was also on the committee. If fact if I hadn’t been, I probably wouldn’t have been able to justify going. Having invested many hours organizing and finding answers to questions, I was all the more committed to make this retreat a success. It turned out fabulous, if I do say so myself. Everyone seemed happy, the food was wonderful, there was plenty of free time to write and to spend time chatting with fellow writers.
There really is nothing like being around people who share the same passion. It creates a closeness that’s almost impossible to find anywhere else. Working together to make each other’s writing better and sharing ideas creates bonds of friendship that last.
I give out a huge thanks to those who made it possible and our awesome speakers who shared wonderful insights into their writing and the craft itself. Working with and getting to know these wonderful women has been a delight.
The retreat has recharged my creative batteries and I feel ready to tackle my writing projects once again!