So Much Love For Writing Retreats

Laini Taylor wrote recently about her time during a writing retreat and how much she wrote while away from her home. It really made me think about my own work schedule recently, my looming deadline for The Falconer 2, and the fact that I really needed to speed up production so I have time to clean it up before surrendering it to my editors.

I find a lot of inspiration in settings, in serene spaces. In quiet spaces. My most productive days are rainy days. I love to write with a view of water or trees.  And yet I didn’t want to travel far. I didn’t want a whole day on the train to leave me too exhausted to write if I went for retreat.

I found a lovely bed and breakfast on the banks of the Clyde Estuary, only two hours from Edinburgh. The view from my room was just beautiful beautiful beautiful.

1488182_10200310461163743_897875379_nOne of the best things about retreating at a B&B is feeling taken care of. Waking up early and having a big breakfast every morning before finally settling down to write. I’d pace myself. I’d write a few thousand words in the morning, and a few more in the evening. I’d have the fireplace going, and the scent of wood fire is just heavenly.

Between writing breaks, I’d read. I kept away from the internet and enjoyed the quiet. And I wrote and wrote and wrote. During my 2 1/2 days at retreat, I wrote 12k words, and read 3 books.

I have never felt more productive. I rather wish I had stayed longer!

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And I can’t help it. I’m already planning my next trip back.

 

xx Elizabeth May