Mini Writer’s Retreat

I just got back from a writer’s retreat, but I didn’t actually go anywhere. How is that possible, you may ask? Well, during the course of visiting bloggers during the A to Z Challenge, I came across a writer who talked about how she and another writer from her critique group would take turns going to one another’s house for an overnight writing foray. They’d have quiet writing hours and brainstorming sessions. This struck me as a fabulous idea, so I presented it to my dear friend, fellow writer, and publisher, Kerrie, and we picked a date. With The Husband in India for work, this worked out great, plus, this entire week has been rainy, which always makes me want to hunker down with a mug of tea and paper and pencil. 

Kerrie helped me brainstorm some plot and character ideas for my new novel, I worked on some poetry for a Words and Images workshop I’m taking, and then we hammered out the storyboard for a children’s book we co-wrote and I’ll be illustrating. Even my teenage son offered his ideas when we were discussing the book. But we had potato chips, so I think that lured him.

We accomplished a lot. 

Writing retreats can be quite a financial investment, so something on a smaller scale, and in your own space, is a great option. Having the opportunity to brainstorm ideas, can set you on the writing path if you’re feeling stalled. Plus, it it’s a good excuse to clean house.

Happy Friday, everyone. And if you’re one of those who like a great book for a great deal, you can download Bobbing for Watermelons for half price at Kobo today through Sunday. That’s only $2.99!  (You don’t need a Kobo reader; just download the app.) 
Bobbing for Watermelons by April J. Moore

Have a great weekend and Mothers’ Day!

5 thoughts on “Mini Writer’s Retreat

  1. Deb Atwood

    I’m delighted! Thank you for visiting my blog and letting me know you did an El Cheapo retreat! I’m so glad your experience was positive. And I’m sure the potato chips helped…

    I must admit the El Cheapo retreat is about the best thing I’ve done to produce both quality and quantity writing. I wish I could do one right now.

    I love the cover and premise of Bobbing for Watermelons. I just downloaded the book and am looking forward to reading it. Happy Friday!

  2. Patricia Stoltey

    Everyone, please read Bobbing for Watermelons. It’s so much fun it ought to be on the NYT bestseller list.

    The mini- writing retreat at home was a great idea. There’s always something so electric when you get two or more writers in the same place focused on the creative experience.


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