Go on a writers retreat and kick-start your book
One of my fondest memories is going on a fiction writers retreat. So much so it encouraged me to start running writers retreats and up until recently, I ran these in Spain every year. That is until life got in the way. However, as luck would have it, a good friend of my and client who wrote Breathe Better, Sleep Better was chatting to me about her Ayurveda Sleep Retreat.
Although my sleep is under control, there was a time when it wasn’t and this was because of an undiagnosed overactive thyroid. Which I did sort out. But after having so many years of insomnia I know what it’s like to be menopausal, not sleeping and a complete wreck. When I first spoke with Anandi about her retreat, my prime objective was to find out what she would be doing and if I could use her learning to help me heal osteoporosis, rather than sleep.
Anandi is an Auyerveda specialist and we chatted about ‘types’ and how this retreat could help me to understand myself better, from another perspective. And as is my way, my desire to go on retreat grew.
When I told her that I had planned a writers retreat in Spain, but was concerned with all of the planning and how little energy I currently had, she suggested that I gatecrash hers and invite writers to come and work with me and gain the benefits of her wisdom too.
This means that in the morning we all get to enjoy yoga and connecting with ourselves and in the afternoon you write.
There are many reasons to go on a writers retreat, not least that you get time away from your everyday life and get some peace and head space to get your thoughts down.
You could end up writing over 10,000 words (or more) if you focused.
Back in normal life, just thinking about writing a book, when there’s a job to be done, kids to feed, a partner to please, a car to wash, shopping, cleaning, cooking and whatever else you cram into your day to day life, brings many out in a cold sweat.
I often hear potential authors say if only I could take myself away from it all then I could…
I get it. When I was living with someone (ok I admit it, I had an annoying husband…) it was almost impossible to write. There were constant interruptions and I watched my precious writing time disappear into the ether.
The best time I ever had during this stressful part of my life was a week away on a writers retreat, where I was shut off from the world with 15 other potential fiction writers. All I had to concentrate on was writing and the odd cooking session (when it was my turn). I felt like a writer, I lived like a writer, I was a writer and I wrote. It was amazing.
It’s this experience (and better) that we can create on this Ayurveda and Writers Retreat in Tuscany. Have a think about these reasons and then make that all important decision to get away and get writing. Once you have kickstarted your book there is no turning back.
Reasons to come to a writers retreat
- To find inspiration for your book
- To turn your ideas into something worth publishing
- To pull something you are writing into shape
- To find out how to plan, write, publish and market your book & yourself
- Find time and space to write (this is my favourite)
- Share your ideas with like-minded people
- Get away from your annoying people who don’t get your desire to write…
If you want to get a book kick-started, there is no better way, than getting away. It doesn’t have to be a retreat (I am of course biased), but it does need to be a place where you can work in your way, to achieve your writing outcomes.
You could create your own writers retreat, if getting away is impossible
- The garden shed – with a big padlock
- The beach or another quiet location
- A hotel
- Rent an apartment
- A shepherds hut (chat to Lottie Moore who owns one)
Whichever option you choose, what is important is that you make the time to write and be a writer. Finding your space will enable you to find your flow and your next 10,000 words or more.
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