The Cave: A Place to Write

Friday, September 24th, 2010 | The Writing Life

I think writers need not just physical space in which to work…a desk, a chair, a table, a computer, hopefully a quiet room…we also need space in our own minds to clear the path for our stories to come to us. How we clear room in our lives for that space is different for everyone. Some writers, like Richard Bach, author of The Bridge Across Forever, find space in everyday life, listening for the shower fairy, the garden fairy, the walk fairy. Though the Muse is generous with me in daily life, I find that a writer’s retreat is the best way for me to work on a new idea, a time when I am alone in a quiet place for a few days.Retreats allow me to enterthe cave so that I can work on whatever ideas are waiting for me.A few days alone in a quiet space is a luxury, one I am always grateful for.

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