Eleven women descended upon the quiet town of Pacific City over the weekend. We had a fantabulous beach house, gorgeous weather, and delicious food. Thank you SO MUCH Eli for putting it all together and spending so much time figuring everything out :)
I love weekends like that. Out of the retreats I've been on with the chapter, this was definitely my most productive. I had come up with an idea just based off of a title a year or two ago. Then some chapter members helped me brainstorm it back in September. I wrote about 50 pages, then stopped. Lost the juice, sidetracked with life, homework. You know the drill.
That's my M.O. I opened up the other two books I've started before and noticed I stopped just around page 50. Well, I wasn't about to let that happen again. I wrote more than 50 pages this weekend and broke the 100 page mark. I also did some plotting on the rest of the book and feel pretty darn confident that I'll actually finish a first draft.
I'm making no promises on revising this beast. Woah boy does it need revising.
I know that I wouldn't have made it to this point without the retreat. Alice, who always gives the best advice and knows just what to say, helped me understand why it was happening. She said that getting away from my natural environment and all the homework I had (we'll just pretend I didn't lug a 40-pound suitcase of books and articles with me for homework) that I had in effect given myself permission to think about my book.
She was completely right. When I'm at home, I feel like I have to spend my time doing something with my job or homework because those have external deadlines and immediate benefits or consequences. With writing, it's all up to me.
The craziest thing of all about this weekend - I didn't take a single nap! I tried once, but it didn't work. I take long and frequent naps on writing retreats. I'm so relaxed there. But this time there was too much going on in my mind about the story I'm working on.
I know I'm not the only one who got a lot done. By Saturday afternoon many people had written more than 20 pages!
For those of you who went, tell us about your take on the weekend. Did you get a lot done? If you weren't able to make it to the retreat, is there an experience you've had where you were completely rejuvenated in your writing?