Friday, October 23, 2015

Autumn's Writing Repose

By Sarah Reichert

The world is gently closing its shutters. The green retreats and “leaves” only the red and orange fire-glow behind. It’s my favorite time of year. I can almost pinpoint the first true day of Fall by how crisp the air is in the morning and by the particular hue of a shy sun that leans closer to the horizon. The world slows down, the summer frenzy of thriving growth draws to a close and it's the perfect time to come back to the projects you forgot in favor of the long days of sun and play.

I spent the summer planting little seeds; watering, gently nurturing, and growing them up into plots and new novels and now it's time to preserve their bounty into something useful.

A great way to get started writing again is to join a writer’s retreat. This year the NCW Writer’s Retreat will be held in the beautiful YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, November 8th through the 11th.  With stunning views, quietness, and the perk of being surrounded by other writers, it holds an inexplicable energy. It will spirit you away from the distractions of your everyday world so you can reflect, gather those acorns, fluff your nest, and get to writing. If you can’t attend, you can enjoy a self-made retreat.

1.     Set a date. Maybe you don’t have three days; that’s okay. Pick one day. Pick one afternoon. Put it on the calendar and don’t let anything take its place.

2.     Get out of your normal writing space. If you work from home, go someplace else. If you frequent the same coffee shop, try a library or even a hotel.

3.     Banish the Internet. With limited time, don’t waste it searching what kind of cancer the growth on your elbow is, or wallow in adorable cat videos. This is your time to disconnect from technology and reconnect with your creative side.

4.     Make sure to take physical breaks. This is especially true if you’re going for a longer amount of time. Walking, taking a yoga class, or going for a run, can help you gain renewed vigor for your writing.

Well, that’s all I’ve got for you in terms of Fall Retreat advice, except to say; DO IT. It will teach you about your habits, limitations, and capabilities as a writer. Good luck, and happy writing.

Are you going to the/a retreat this fall? What’s your favorite thing about them?
Do you have any more advice for people who are new to the experience?


John Paul McKinney said...

Once again, useful advice, Sarah. Thank you. PS I also like the poetic analogy. JP

Patricia Stoltey said...

I hate missing the NCW retreat this year so I need to find another way to get back in the writing groove, and I need to do it at home. Staying off the internet is certainly one requirement.

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