Once again Michele and Jeanne put together a magnificent weekend getaway for CRWA!!! There was writing, chatting, drinking, and relaxing for all :)
I was able to get in 10,000 words this weekend and move my story forward in such a way that I am anxious to get back to it :) Which I will here in a few days after we get image under out belt at work. I left my couple in a real interesting position ;) So it should be fairly easy to get back to business :)
There is just something about these ladies that make my soul smile. We've been together since before any of us were published. We've helped one another by being there for each other throughout this process of learning to write, edit, and publish novels. We've given each other encouragement when one or more of us has been down on our writing ego. We've celebrated with one another as we push the mark and move forward in this career path.
Each one of us is different from the other. We all write in different styles, genres, and voices. However, we all know the struggle it is to make a story work.
I think what I love the most about all of these women is we're soul sisters for sure. We get one another and there is nothing more precious than that in life. The real world often times gets in the way of our writing worlds, yet, we all look to this as a challenge that only makes us stronger.
So how does a CRWA retreat go??? Well, simple. Be yourself. Bring your pitch in for food. Bring your laptop. Bring your drinks (alcoholic and non). And most importantly, bring your support and knowledge. There are times the house is noisy with laughter. There are times all are so quiet you could hear a pin drop, other than the poundings of the keyboards of course. There's no assigned anything. You pick your bed. You pick your writing spot or spots as the weekend goes on. This year I wrote in a few different places, at the table in the kitchen, sitting on the floor by the fireplace, on the front porch, on the enclosed porch, and on the back deck.
Time for meal prep, no problem, whoever is up to it pitches in to put it together. Clean up, no problem there's a dishwasher and everyone puts their dishes in. Bedtime, whenever you feel like it. It's all up to you.
Good conversation, you can have as much of this as you like. Brainstorming, if you're stuck, there are always a few people around to help you over the hump. No one judges if suddenly you're as quiet as a mouse and disappear to write another scene. No one judges if you suddenly need someone to converse with.
Life is simple at retreat. What makes it the best, however, is enjoying retreat with the most amazing authors I know :)
Everyone have a lovely day!!!
Blessings to all!!!