As my deadline for The Gossip File looms, I’ve been feeling the pressure of getting the manuscript written, revised, and polished–all while trying to stay on top of other life responsibilities. The problem is that sometimes all those other things pile up to the point where it’s difficult to get quality time with your manuscript.
Luckily, just as I was starting to really stress out, my awesome friend Heather suggested we go on a mini writing retreat. So we packed our things, headed down to Foxwoods (why wouldn’t we write at a casino?) and locked ourselves up in a hotel suite for a couple of days. The result? Heather doubled the word count on her WIP while I managed to rework and revise about half of my manuscript. All in all, it was an extremely productive trip.
Here’s a little motivational Post-It that Heather put on the coffee table:
I started thinking about why this mini retreat was so effective, and I realized it’s all about the sense of purpose. We drove for an hour and a half to get there and we were there for one specific reason. That meant we had no choice but to get work done, and we had permission not to think about anything else going on in our lives.
Of course, these types of retreats can’t happen all the time, but it was a much-needed jump start. The location and length of time aren’t really important. The main thing is to lock yourself up with one specific purpose, allow yourself to let everything else go, and then write write write!