Tuesday, May 3, 2011

What Would You Do With A Whole Day to Write?

Okay, this is my Monday post, even though it's Tuesday. I'm blaming the lapse on my writing brain. I was stuck in my story world all weekend, which made it hard to get back into the routines of the week (that's my excuse, anyway).

This weekend, I had a mini writing retreat -- the house all to myself for a whole day. Even though I try to stick to a regular writing schedule and work on my writing for an hour or so every day, sometimes it's nice to have a longer block of time.

I took the opportunity to try out a different ending for my novel. Since it involved making small changes at several different places throughout the story, I really appreciated having the time to actually make the changes, rather than making notes on them.

Have you ever given yourself a "writing retreat"? Did you actually use the time for writing?


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7 comments:

  1. When I haven't had a sub job, I'll written from about 9-1. Then I usually have lunch and shower. I can't do much than 3 or 4 hours before I burn out. After that, it's typo city.

    How wonderful you had a writing retreat!

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  2. How nice to have a whole day to work on your project.

    I have a short attention span so when I have a whole day, I usually spend only half of it writing and then the other reading a good book. :)

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  3. I was alone in the house this weekend for 2 days. And yes, I took advantage of it. But I can't revise for that many hours in a row. So I did take breaks to clean and run. And at night I ended up reading b/c I was too tired to revise.

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  4. From time to time I'll spend an entire day writing. It hurts my back and my eyes to sit so long in front of the computer, but I love seeing my progress at the end of the day.

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  5. I've often fantasised about creating a writer's retreat for myself. Maybe even having a little caravan some day... It's lovely to hear you made such good use of your day!

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  6. Yeah, as Medeia pointed out, writing for long stretches can give you a bit of a backache if you don't get up and move around. I did some gardening, in between sections on my book. But I was pretty tired the next day!

    Breaking it up with some reading as Karen suggests sounds like a perfect day (add in some great snacks, of course).

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  7. I have given myself a writing retreat before. It is usually hard for me to get settled down and get in the writing groove, but once I do, time becomes irrelevant.

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