A writer writes, no matter where they are—but organizing a writing getaway to devote hours to your craft can boost your creativity and your confidence.
I've often longed to get away for the sole purpose of writing. I've attended many writers' conferences and retreats, but it's not the same as a writing getaway. Conferences are packed with sessions and meetings, and retreats are a balm to a writer's soul. A writing getaway has a singular purpose: productivity!
I've seen photos of other writers at multi-day getaways and have yearned to attend one myself. Well, my dreams are coming true. Some creatives from the day job have invited me to a writeaway, and I can't wait!
The benefits of a writing getaway are long-lasting. It's always wonderful to spend time with other writers/creatives because their enthusiasm is contagious. There are also times when you'll get encouragement or when you can offer encouragement to a fellow writer. Brainstorming with others is a great way to increase perspective on your project. Being with other writers and allocating time to write is a psychological boost because it reinforces the value of your work.
I've loved every aspect of the event, and it hasn't even occurred yet. The planning (for me) is part of the fun.
I'll be working on a new-ish novel, but some of the others will be making headway with current projects. Either way, we'll all recharge and get inspired to continue.
Might you want to create a writing getaway? If so, here are some suggestions:
Set a goal for the getaway. For me, it's to make progress on a plotted novel. For others, it could be to increase word count, start a new project, edit a completed work.
Find a location. We're all suburban Denver folks, so we're renting an Air B&B in the foothills with gorgeous mountain views. If you want/need a one-day event you could go to a local library or a welcoming hotel. For years, a writing group I was in would drive to Colorado Springs and spend a glorious day at The Broadmoor.
Allocate meal prep/cleaning duties. We've split into teams and each team will prepare X amount of meals and be on clean-up duty on days when we're not supplying meals.
Schedule the hours/days. When I've done one-day events, there are quiet writing times, time to brainstorm, and break/meal times. Next month, we're going to have a few glorious days to sink into our writing. I'm looking forward to writing blocks, breaks, brainstorming sessions, and time walking out in God's beautiful nature.
Plan to bring your writing "necessities." These could include your laptop, charging cord, notebook (if you use one), favorite pens, reference books, books on craft, snacks, etc.
I hope I've encouraged you to at least consider a one-day writeaway. Give yourself the gift of time and concentration to pour into your creative calling.
Write on, friends!