I’ve always found words with multiple meanings interesting. Retreat is one of those words.
While it can signify pulling away from an engagement with an enemy, it can also mean going away for a period of time to consider things.
With the house finally behind us, I broke my conference/retreat fast this weekend by attending our yearly Word Weavers retreat. It’s a great time for writing, critiquing, learning, eating (oh yes), and relaxing.
I had a blast.
I tend to be a more analytic writer. I don’t talk to my characters, and they certainly don’t talk to me. Our keynote speaker, Joyce Magnun, about the creative process and inspiration. Let’s just say I got in touch with my creative side in a way that made way more sense to me than in the past.
And in the process I knocked out 5,000 words.
Money. Well. Spent.
Between the fellowship with new and old friends, and the progress on my story, this weekend reminded me why investing in my writing career is so important. If you’ve never attended a conference, retreat, or workshop for your craft, I strongly urge you to make the jump 🙂
Yes, you’re putting yourself out there. Yes, you’re setting yourself up for possible heartache.
But you’re also giving yourself the opportunity for so much good to occur.
Appropriately, the final word I wrote before closing my laptop for the weekend, was one of my characters shouting, “Retreat!”
I won’t shout it at you, but you get the point – Go retreat for a bit 🙂