Short and Sweet Mini-Retreat

by Ruth Tenzer Feldman
Published on: September 28, 2011
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Aaaaah, such a pleasure! This coming Sunday, the Viva Scrivas will crowd into my place around high noon and wander off into the night after dinner. Guinny the Welsh corgi mix will guard their every move—it’s in her DNA even though the Viva Scrivas don’t need herding.  We’re having a mini-retreat, a day out of the ordinary, with each of us tackling a writing project. Writing is a lonely occupation that also benefit from company.

I admit that it’s harder for me to concentrate when the mini-retreat is here. But once two or three Scrivas are typing away or staring into space with what, I imagine, are deep literary thoughts flooding their neural synapses, then I can overcome the pull of my non-writing to-do list. I need not multi-task. I don’t have to put in the laundry. And—oh, horrors!—I don’t even have to make everyone happy.

A critical mass of writers creates an ambiance that pulls me in and makes me want to write, revise, rewrite, and write some more. Yes, at some point in the afternoon I’ll stick vegetable lasagna in the oven. Then I’ll get back to the activity du jour.

This isn’t magic. If you have a writer’s critique group, pick a day and go for it. If you don’t, then simply invite a few like-minded writers over for a few quiet hours together. Provide writing surfaces, sitting surfaces, and quiet. Do not clean anything but the bathroom.

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  1. ScrivaAmber says:

    You’re cleaning the bathroom?!? You must love us!

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