When you’re working on a piece, you’ll have those days when you sit down at the laptop and the words just keep coming. When you get into that state of flow, you can really start to make progress. If only it could be like that all of the time. You’re probably more familiar with the feeling of sitting down and writing and rewriting the opening sentence to a chapter a thousand times and getting nowhere. Everybody has those moments, it’s just a part of being a writer. But if you’re really struggling to make any progress, you need to do something about it. Often, you might be having trouble because of all of the distractions around you. It might be social media, spending time with friends or even just watching TV. You need a bit of time and space somewhere without any distractions. That’s what writers retreats are for. Unfortunately, writers retreats are pretty expensive and you might not be able to afford it, so why not just create your own. Here are some great ideas for ways to get away from distractions and make some real progress with your writing.
Understand What A Retreat Is For
When you think of writing retreats you’re probably picturing a chateau in the middle of a beautiful landscape somewhere. You’d get a lot of writing done there but if you’re low on funds, that’s not really viable. It’s important that you understand what a retreat is for. It’s about changing your environment and removing yourself from the things that normally distract you. That doesn’t have to be an expensive trip halfway around the world, it could be the local library if that works for you.
Decide On A Location
When you’re deciding where to go on your retreat, you need to think about what works best for you. A lot of people find the water relaxing and peaceful, which helps you to get into that flow. Why not look into small ship cruising ideas and take to the water? You’ll be miles away from anything that can distract you. If you’re not keen on that idea, why not pick a small, secluded village somewhere and hire out an Airbnb for a week? You won’t be distracted there but you’ll still be able to get out and look around. It’s important that you have a bit of downtime as well, you’re not going to get anywhere if you’re pushing yourself too hard.
This is a very important step because if you just go out there with vague promises about getting more writing done, you won’t get that far. You need to set clear goals so your work is more focused and you know whether you’re on track or not. It might be that you want to write the next 3 chapters or do a full edit of everything that you’ve got so far. Whatever your goals, it’s important that you know exactly what you’re trying to achieve before you go on the retreat.
A homemade writing retreat is a great way to break the deadlock and make some serious progress so if you’re stuck on a piece, you should definitely consider it.