Retreats and the Fourth Draft

Sometimes in the midst of a major re-write, it can be a real blessing to step away from life as I know it and go on a writer’s retreat. Of course, the opportunity for this is pretty rare. Often writing has to happen in tandem with the rest of life, and that is how it should be. But sometimes, every once in a blue moon, a major revision ( or opportunity to make the book better) comes alongside the opportunity to go away for a long weekend and do nothing but write. I was fortunate enough for that to happen for me this week, and I give thanks to the Muse and all the writing gods. Sometimes a plan comes together, and it is a beautiful thing. Now, if I can just make the book even better with draft five…

2 Responses to “Retreats and the Fourth Draft

  • I think any creative person experiences a ‘dry’ or ‘stuck’ time. You’re right though – the best way to clear your mind and get a fresh perspective is to take a time out and refresh yourself with some of nature’s gifts.

    Can;t wait for the book ! Congratulations on bonding with the muse!

  • Christy
    9 years ago

    Marie, you are right…a retreat can do a lot to jump start the work if things have stalled. It can also offer an amazing opportunity to dig deeper into the work that has already been started, or in my case, to finish a revision. Nature can really put things in their proper perspective.

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