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Retreat report

Yesterday's non-writing progress included travel to Brigantine, the baking of scones, a walk on the beach, the cooking of a (rather excellent, if I may say so) dinner, and the watching of Letters to Juliet, which Angela hadn't yet seen.

While that sounds like enough to constitute a pretty full day, there was also writing progress.

I wrote a new poem, thereby completing my weekly writing exercise (another prompt taken from the marvelous Bonnie Neubauer and her book, The Write-Brain Workbook).

I wrote about 2000 words and finished writing my "chubby outline" for my YA novel. Um, yeah. The goal was to finish it by the end of the retreat, but it got done on day one. This is what happens when your entire day can be devoted to the pursuit of writing and you aren't busy interacting with non-writers, a category which for me includes my husband, children and pets. Not having them about for any long period of time is unthinkable, but I must say that not having them around for a few days is tremendously liberating for one's creativity. Especially when one is on retreat with another writer. It makes for an environment that nurtures creativity in inspiring and wonderful ways.

Off to get out of these pajamas and into real clothes, and then? To work, of course.


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dotificus
Nov. 12th, 2010 03:53 pm (UTC)
2k words and a poem? Most triumphant!

(although I think your creativity should be nurtured when you're home, too)
kellyrfineman
Nov. 12th, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC)
I manage to nurture creativity at home, too, but there really is something different about being away where your only real responsibility IS to write, and other things (meals, movies, even conversation) are a bonus, rather than a necessity.

I am thrilled to get the Bill & Ted icon, as always. Thanks for being excellent to me, Dot!
dotificus
Nov. 12th, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC)
I almost used this user pic cuz it's new and I lurve it, but I remembered your deep abiding love for Bill and Ted.
kellyrfineman
Nov. 12th, 2010 09:58 pm (UTC)
Squee! It's young Han Solo! I loved him. So. Awesome. "I love you." "I know." HE AD-LIBBED THAT LINE! *lovelorn sigh*

bogwitch64
Nov. 12th, 2010 04:22 pm (UTC)
Sigh...sounds lovely.
kellyrfineman
Nov. 12th, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC)
It really is. Rather like your trip earlier this year, yes?
bogwitch64
Nov. 12th, 2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
Yes, just like it. I don't know what I'd do without Dollbaby week.
jessica_shea
Nov. 12th, 2010 06:26 pm (UTC)
Ohh this sounds lovely! And so productive! Hope the rest of your trip is equally brilliant.
kellyrfineman
Nov. 12th, 2010 07:45 pm (UTC)
It's been wonderful so far - and I was shocked how much I accomplished yesterday!
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