What do you get…

When you combine:

  • a small group of mommy writers
  • a lake house rental
  • chocolate
  • laptops
  • coffee and tea
  • DVDs featuring gorgeous men in period garb
  • chocolate
  • notebooks
  • wine
  • and (in case I forgot) chocolate?

The makings of a fabulous writers’ retreat and what I’m doing this weekend. After my recent writing time drought, it is wonderful to be writing again.

My local writer buddies and I try to have a retreat like this each spring and sometimes in the fall as well, when the weather is often pleasant and we don’t have to pay peak season rates.

Non-writers somehow get the idea that we’re just there to party but they couldn’t be more wrong. We socialize and share our progress over meals and in the evenings (when the DVDs with gorgeous men come out). But in between, we immerse ourselves in our stories, only coming out for the occasional thinking walk or paddle (sometimes we get a canoe or kayaks).

Sometimes I come out with a new or expanded outline and sometimes with oodles of new pages. I always come out with renewed energy to finish the mess-in-progress.

Have you ever gone on a retreat, for writing or some other purpose? What are your favorite ingredients for a successful retreat? Anyone else doing something fun this weekend?


P.S. This picture is of a sunrise from the deck of the house we rented last spring. Sometimes the muse doesn’t sleep!

About Elena Greene

Elena Greene grew up reading anything she could lay her hands on, including her mother's Georgette Heyer novels. She also enjoyed writing but decided to pursue a more practical career in software engineering. Fate intervened when she was sent on a three year international assignment to England, where she was inspired to start writing romances set in the Regency. Her books have won the National Readers' Choice Award, the Desert Rose Golden Quill and the Colorado Romance Writers' Award of Excellence. Her Super Regency, LADY DEARING'S MASQUERADE, won RT Book Club's award for Best Regency Romance of 2005 and made the Kindle Top 100 list in 2011. When not writing, Elena enjoys swimming, cooking, meditation, playing the piano, volunteer work and craft projects. She lives in upstate New York with her two daughters and more yarn, wire and beads than she would like to admit.
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8 Responses to What do you get…

  1. Judy says:

    Why sleep when there’s a view like that?

  2. susied says:

    Sounds like heaven!

  3. I haven’t been on one, but my critique group is planning one soon! Sounds like you had the perfect ingredients for a great retreat!

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  5. Elena Greene says:

    Hi. It’s been wonderful so far. We’ve had perfect weather, I’ve enjoyed several walks and paddles, seen all sorts of wildlife swim/float/fly by, including loons and an animal that was either an otter or a beaver (couldn’t see the tail). I’ve also gotten back into the flow of the balloonist story. And yeah, a bit of wine and chocolate have been consumed. Just a little. 🙂

  6. This sounds so terrific! I would LOVE a getaway to get some writing done with no distractions (and a bit of fun!)

  7. Carolyn says:

    I would LOVE to do a retreat like that. Unfortunately, I have so little vacation time at the day job that I doubt I could get the time off. **sob**

  8. Elena Greene says:

    Carolyn, so far our retreats are just weekends–those of us who can start early on Friday, but just Sat/Sun is great too. So unless your job is on weekends, maybe that would work?

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