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Retreat! Retreat! Retreat!

This coming Saturday, my writing group is embarking on a mini-retreat. This is something we've never done, even though we've been meeting together for 12 years! We'll meet at 8:30 for coffee and goal setting and chat, and then at 10 we head to a local library for some intensive writing time. We'll break for lunch, work through the afternoon, and grab dinner to discuss our progress at the end of the day. Needless to say, I can't wait.

I have a project that I'm working on that is in desperate need of a big word count day. It's a book that I've had to research, and I think I've been using the research as an excuse to avoid the hard stuff of character development. As a result, I don't have as much of the book written as I should at this point, and I'm not *entirely* sure who I'm writing about, if that makes sense. 

To prep for the retreat, I'm making notes in my project notebook (and no matter how much I love my iPad, I am not ready to give up my beloved notebooks) and shooting to draft a chapter a day just to move the story forward. I'm downloading some new tunes for background music, and thinking about my story whenever I'm not chasing CC around or playing "here comes the wolf!" with her. Mentally working on the story, for me, has become as much of a component to writing as jotting notes or drafting. Thinking about the characters or plot in advance helps me to slip into a groove easier when I'm at the keyboard.

Friday night, I'll charge my iPod, and pack my laptop, notebook, and a few snacks. I'll probably sleep even worse than usual because I'll be so excited to dive in on Saturday. Regardless of how many words I get on the page (hoping to do 5,000), I know I'll come home energized, recharged, and engaged in my work. Success all around!


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kellyrfineman
Jan. 5th, 2011 04:18 am (UTC)
Sounds fabulous! Have fun!!
bostonerin
Jan. 5th, 2011 01:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Kelly!
cfaughnan
Jan. 5th, 2011 11:22 am (UTC)
Sounds perfect!!!

I'm curious. Do you write on your iPad? I just got one and am trying to figure out what to do with it. : )

Have a great, productive Saturday!
bostonerin
Jan. 5th, 2011 01:12 pm (UTC)
I also just got my iPad, and am figuring it out. I don't have a Bluetooth keyboard, so I can't type on it the way I need to for drafting. Instead, I draft on my laptop and use the iPad as my "life management system," e reader, etc. I'm trying to be judicious about what apps I download, as I figure out the best way to incorporate it into my life.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 5th, 2011 01:37 pm (UTC)
Yay!
Sounds like a fabulous plan for a productive day. Sending lots of inspired vibes your way.

--RobynB
mostly_irish
Jan. 5th, 2011 02:58 pm (UTC)
Can't wait, can't wait, can't wait!!!
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