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Writer at Work: Retreat!

Note: I will be away without internet access from the afternoon of the 7th until July 12th, so if you comment or e-mail me during that time I won’t be able to respond right away. I will try to get back to everyone ASAP after I get back.

Why will I be away without internet access? Well, it has something to do with this:

Every summer my in-person writers group rents a cottage, and we all head up there for several days to write and talk about writing and eat very yummy food (one of our members is an avid cook :D ) and when we have a few spare moments do cottage-y stuff like canoe and swim. But mostly it is writing. I find a lovely glade like so:

Haul over a lawn chair, open up my laptop, and start tapping away.

It’s amazing how much you can get done with few distractions and no other responsibilities! Last year I wrote nearly half of the first draft of LOKI’S BOY in the five days we were up there. This year I’m hoping to make similar progress on the Japan book. I find retreat writing is especially good for first drafts because I prefer to get them done as quickly as possible (gotta get the story down on the page so I can start fixing it! heh).

In the meantime, it’ll be quiet here on the blog, but you can still participate in the current giveaway or bid on my critique offer — Cynthea’s auctions end tomorrow!

Hope you all have a great week!

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Originally published at Megan Crewe - another world, not quite ours. You can comment here or there.


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 7th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
Have a fantastic time! :)
Jul. 12th, 2009 09:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I did! :)
Jul. 7th, 2009 09:53 pm (UTC)
Have a wonderful time!!! I definitely want to do the same someday . . . maybe get together a group of writers in the SE and rent a cabin in Georgia or SC or something. Can't wait till the Japan book is ready for others' eyes, loving LB! :)
Jul. 12th, 2009 09:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I hope you are able to do the same soon--I hope I'm able to do one with you! I love retreats. :) And glad to hear you're enjoying LB!
Jul. 13th, 2009 09:27 am (UTC)
We will have to find a midway point someday and do a writing retreat. That would be heaven. :)
Jul. 7th, 2009 10:39 pm (UTC)
Nice looking place! When I'm rich and famous*, I'm going to fly all my LJ friends to a castle for a retreat. =D

LOKI'S BOY? I don't recall giving you permission to write about my husband (we have a macaw named Loki and he's bonded with my husband). ;-)

Our bird certainly lives up to his name! He learned how to open the cage door so we got a C clamp for it and he learned to unscrew the bolt and remove the door entirely!

*hey, I can dream
Jul. 12th, 2009 09:06 pm (UTC)
Hee hee, yes, I have lots of those 'when I'm rich and famous' dreams. (Actually, I'd settle for just rich. That'd do. ;) )

And I highly approve of your use of names!
Jul. 8th, 2009 03:24 pm (UTC)
random commenter
hope you have fun and that you are very productive :0)
Jul. 12th, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
Re: random commenter
Thank you! I was very productive and it was very fun--the best kind of retreat. :)
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