The Writing Retreat
A tricky plot, I’ve lost my thought
I need to clear my head
My characters stink and I can’t think
My muse needs watered and fed
So I’m off, down the road, take a right at the lane
To a fireside ‘cross the bay
Gonna clear my noggin, and quick my sloggin’
Gonna breath, and write all day
Good friends, good food, and a bottle or four
Close the door, shut it tight, lock and latch it
The first draft needs words, and a problem to solve
The revision just might need a hatchet.
I’ll wrangle and tangle my story until
A thin ray of hope starts to rise
And that night I’ll drink deep from the well of content
My eyes will be back on the prize
Far from a cry of defeat, the word retreat actually can mean a purposeful movement towards sanity.
Making a conscious effort to give your goals a solid chunk of attention is a very powerful way to tell yourself, and others, what is important to you right now.
For the next four days, I’m off to the Fireside Retreat – a writing getaway of my own design. I’ll be surrounded by peace and quiet and the occasional laugh from the talented friends who are joining me. We’ll also be meeting with Newbery Award winning author Cynthia Voigt who has graciously offered to share her time and insights with us. And all of this is because I had an idea, and asked for some favors and some help.
Maybe it’s time for you to plan a girl’s or guy’s weekend so you can focus on treasured friendships. Or, perhaps you crave a prefab or self-designed retreat for writers, crafters, fitness junkies, spiritual seekers, or whatever is your current passion.
Make the time, make the arrangements, make you a priority! Retreat!