Thursday, February 28, 2008
Today I'm thinking about the writer's retreat I went on last weekend and want to go back! Waaa! Eleven ladies converged on the peaceful town of Pacific City to pound laptop keys and brainstorm new stories. The coast was fantastic and the house we rented was gorgeous! Great weather, lots of sand and pounding surf, and excellent company to share it all with.
I ate too much, drank too much, and probably even laughed too much. That's the thing about getting a bunch of writing friends together for a weekend of fun and hard work. Yes, the two really can go together if the right people are involved. There would be long periods of silence that morphed into brief spells of happy chatter. And the level of productivity was amazing. I swear the pages from all of us piled up in a virtual stack equal to a manuscript.
Giggles and jammies aside, I think when you get writers together there's a creative energy that envelopes the group. A lot like a conference on a smaller and more intimate scale. There's nothing like being in the company of others who "get" you.
I encourage writers to join together in a retreat situation whenever possible. It's rejuvenating, and educational when you can hunker down and talk industry and craft. We may be doing one this summer as well, but we're not sure yet. If so, it would either be a mountain retreat, or the hot springs. Hmmm… Decisions, decisions. 8^)