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Report on the retreat

For the second time this month, I’m back! This time from my in-person critique group’s fourth annual writing retreat. :)

The five of us who were able to make it convened at a cottage just east of Parry Sound, which turned out to be even more ideal than it sounded online. All the trees made it totally private, there was a big living room and kitchen for us to hang out it, lots of big windows for excellent views, and three of the four bedrooms had a little balcony!

(The view from my balcony)

I very quickly set up a writing spot down by the lake, where the was a bunkie with a deck, and a handy electrical outlet on the outside wall! It also came with handy log seats to act as water bottle/notebook holder and foot rest:

One of the special features of this spot was that, because the cottage was on quite a high hill, I had to go down a whole lot of steps to get to it, which meant if I had any thoughts about heading back to the cottage for any sort of non-writing activity, I had this view to discourage me:

(About half the the stairs you’d have to climb up to get to the cottage)

Not that I ended up needing a great deal of encouragement to keep writing. This is the first time I was finishing a book at the retreat instead of starting one, and having all that plot and character development already in place created a lot of momentum. My goal was to finish the book by the end of the retreat, and I have returned victorious! I typed “The End” at 9:20pm on the last night we were there. I got down about 29,000 words in four days, bringing the total for the book to just over 73K.

I think it can be said that a most fun and productive time was had by all.

(All of us on the dock–sorry, this was the best lighting we could get!)

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


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 30th, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
Wow, that looks amazing! Congrats on finishing!
Aug. 31st, 2010 02:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you--they're always great! :)
Aug. 30th, 2010 05:50 pm (UTC)
How fun -- and so glad you met your goals :)
Aug. 31st, 2010 02:45 pm (UTC)
Me too! :D Hey, when's that book of yours coming my way? *pokes impatiently*
Aug. 31st, 2010 05:33 pm (UTC)
I sent the first half over Friday -- did you not get it? I can resend...and now I have more ready too ;)
Aug. 31st, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC)
No, I haven't gotten anything. :( If it's not all ready, though, better you send it all at once--I can crit better when I read the whole thing altogether. Looking forward to it!
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My Books

Earth & Sky
(Earth & Sky #1, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2014

The Clouded Sky
(Earth & Sky #2, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

A Sky Unbroken
(Earth & Sky #3, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

The Way We Fall
(Fallen World #1, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2012

The Lives We Lost
(Fallen World #2, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2013

The Worlds We Make
(Fallen World #3, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2014

Those Who Lived: Fallen World Stories
(Fallen World #3.5, apocalyptic YA)
self pubbed, 2014

Give Up the Ghost
(paranormal YA)
Henry Holt, 2009

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