Tuesday, January 12, 2016


I have a new addiction:


Do you see the sidebar over there? The one called "Writing Goal 2016!"? And do you see the two days in which I clocked more than 2000 words apiece? Those were WRITING RETREAT days.

The first--a three-hour deal with three friends, up on the special faculty floor of the library. I had just come up with a whole new framework for my book (one that I'm still excited about, by the way--and at 10 days later, that's probably a record), and in those three hours I drafted a brand new introduction to the beast.

The second--today--an all-day retreat at a Remote Location with about 8-10 folks, two of whom I already knew. Nothing very formal (we brought our lunches and other necessary gear). Somehow, sitting around a table with a bunch of other people--in silence--bending to our tasks--well, it helped me move forward. A lot.

There's no way that I could keep up this pace, even if the semester weren't about to start. For one (very important) thing, I need to do some reading and research in order to have more to write. But I feel great about the start of the year, writing-wise, and I've finally worked through some sticky places in my current chapter.

A tiny, secret part of me thinks that I might, just maybe, be able to finish a complete draft of the book MS in 2016. But don't tell anybody. Resolutions always start to wane in February....


Notorious Ph.D. said...

This is EXCELLENT! My college used to sponsor weeklong retreats on campus, and they provided food & coffee. You weren't locked in, but you weren't supposed to come & go. It was very popular... and then folks started signing up for the limited seats and then being no-shows. And this is why we can't have nice things.

heu mihi said...

Ugh! That sucks. Our university-sponsored ones are pretty informal (you CAN come and go, and this semester I'll have to, because I teach on Fridays), but you DO get a $5 coupon for campus food services and there's a decent cafe (with food!) in the building. So that's all to the good.

Good luck preparing for your big presentation, by the way! I look forward to catching up at Kzoo and hearing about your year!

Good Enough Woman said...

I take solo retreats to hotels, and they tend to be very productive because I have 20-24 during which my brain does not have to shift gears to kids or teaching or service or whatever. I haven't experienced the group effort you describe here. Glad it's working for you, and the MS progress sounds great.