Continuing on the theme of writing spaces, S. C. Mitchell has asked us to describe our perfect writing retreat.
If you’ve joined me from A.S. Fenichel, welcome!
Last week I showed you photos of where I actually write 90% of the time. But when the weather is good during our short Northern BC summer, I also love to take the laptop outside. I find a new writing view is often a great way to break through a block or come up with fresh ideas. This was my new favourite writing space last year.
But a writing retreat is more than just a place. According to writersretreat.com it:
“offers more than just comfort and privacy. It lends inspiration, instills a sense of well-being and provides opportunity to learn and explore. It affords guidance, pleasant surroundings, good food, a variety of diversions. And a sense of fellowship. “
“Pleasant surrounds and good food” – sign me up! Especially if there’s wine involved…
I’m so used to writing in the middle of the action, whether it’s at home or at work, that the idea of sitting in a room all by myself is actually a bit off-putting. But if the view were something like this, I think I could suffer through a few hours of isolation!
Being a writer is a solitary occupation. This can be a real problem. After all, we are writing about people – and how can you write about people if you don’t spend time with them? So after a putting in time at the keyboard, my perfect retreat would also have a chance to mingle with others. When I attended the Surrey International Writers Conference, the best thing was the sensation of being surrounded by people with my own interests, goals and aspirations. It was a wonderfully fulfilling weekend, and a mix of that along with time to actually write would be the perfect blend.
Next up on the hop is the man who assigned us this week’s post, S. C. Mitchell. Be sure to check out his very popular science fiction romance, The Blarmling Dilemma.