Writing Retreats: Why You Should Go on One at Least Once in Your Life
Everyday life is somewhat predictable. You get up, you get ready, you work, if your health conscious you work out, you wind down and then you sleep. This gets repeated throughout most of the week in one variation or another, but it’s pretty much always the same. Sure the variations run from picking up your children from school, going to your kids’ game or recital, to the occasional happy hour, maybe even meeting friends for dinner. But the process is generally the same. If you’re lucky, something exciting or interesting might happen while waiting in line at Starbucks that sparks some creative fury allowing you to pound out 1000 words on your keyboard for that novel that you’ve been working on. But most likely it gets jotted down in notes never to see the light off a glowing computer face.
Everyday life is not always conducive to the writer in you. In fact, some people will find that it’s downright impossible to write and be creative while running a home, business and the multitude of other things that comprise our busy and often frenzied lives. Sure you can wake up at 5 a.m. to try to get some writing in, but sometimes that bed and blanket are just too sweet and warm to leave. Let’s not fool ourselves; if you aren’t a person who is already getting paid to write, then writing for free (for the time being) is really hard to do. Life not only gets in the way, but it also doesn’t always inspire us. This is why if you are a writer, you need to make sure that you put going on a writing retreat on your bucket list. As a matter of fact it should be on your New Year’s Resolution list because if you want to finish your book before that bucket gets kicked, for many of us, this is the way to do it.
There is something that happens to your body and soul when you go on vacation. I’m not talking about another chaotic family vacation; I am talking about a vacation in which you are the sole focus. Have you ever been on one of those? I have, and I can tell you that it is renewing and transformative. When you pair that with writing, it makes for a vacation that not only nurtures your soul but your creative energy as well.
Being surrounded by people who want the same thing and are positively working toward this same goal propels that creative and nurturing energy and it is life-changing. I get goosebumps just thinking about it! Not to mention that these people remain your tribe for years to come and that is worth so much for your writing future.
Friends and family can sometimes be harsh when it comes to our writing goals which is why it is imperative that you have a writing tribe. Meeting that tribe while on vacation in a beautiful foreign country is a great way to bond and share your common goals and chances are you will have made some life-long friends.
I encourage you all to check out all the various writing retreats happening in 2016. If you don’t come to our Summer of 2016 writing retreat in the beautiful Costa Rican jungle along the coast, then find one that’s best for you or host your own with the people you write with. If you can’t afford it but are serious about your writing work, we are giving away one spot for our retreat so make sure to like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter. Comment on our Facebook page or Tweet us and send us a link to your writing work or let us know why we should pick you. Winners will be announced May 2016.
Your soul and your story will thank you.
Rules and regulations apply for contest. No monetary value in exchange for trip. Contact us via contact page for more information.