Every writer might think – why should I plunk money down for a retreat? A conference? A workshop? Even a few days or a weekend away with another writer friend? We write at home, in jammies, at Panera or some coffee house, surrounded by noise or listening to music, at night when the kids are asleep, or in the morning, at lunch, whenever we can squeeze in a paragraph or a page or a chapter. What’s the big deal?
Any writer can only go so long, slogging through blank pages or outlining a plot, doing revisions or line edits or completely rewriting something. Too much work and no play makes for a very dull writer. Trust me on this.
Every writer needs to kick back. Read. Relax. Talk writing, reading, books, ideas, brainstorm a new plot, get into a hot debate about e-books versus print, research, rejections, genre vs. literary fiction, characters and setting, whatever floats their boat at the time. Why?
Because. Isn’t that enough reason why?
They weigh and measure words like gourmet artisans in the best kitchens. Throw them like potters working a wheel, only on a white computer screen. Substitute and rearrange them, listen to their cadence and rhythm like poets. Tell me that’s not art.
Go ahead. I dare you.
So writers need time to build up their creative juices, to find the misplaced muse, to feed on the heavenly nectar of celebrating any success, big or small. Yes. They do.
It’s worth the time. The money. The energy spent listening, discussing, sitting in silence. Even visiting another writer friend for a lunch, or a few days, if a writer happens to be short of cash. Writers don’t have to spend a thousand bucks or five hundred, or twenty. Whatever works.
Feed your muse. Tell me what works for you. Where you love to spend your time in retreat.
Go ahead. Take the plunge.