Monday, November 19, 2012

A Thanksgiving Writing Retreat ... Yes, Really!

Book in a Month: The Fool-Proof System for Writing a Novel in 30 DaysSo, I was reading this book last week, and my husband pipes up, "What's this, another fantasy novel?"

Laugh. He knows me too well. I am a slow writer. Methodical. Even scientific. Checking facts. I can be highly distractible. Procrastinator extraordinaire. I don't actually expect to ever participate in NanoWriMo and I suspect many of you are pounding the keyboard right now. I am in awe of you. I'm cheering you on. So although it may be too late for you this year, this might be the perfect little preparatory tool for next time.

But even for slowpokes like me, this is a fantastic resource. It works great not only for giving the idea shape, but also for revising. So while most folks are gearing up for Thanksgiving madness, I am having a *very quiet* home writing retreat with my pets!




Yeah, I know. I'm crazy. But writers are allowed this. My husband planned a trip to Disney World, invited his parents for a longish visit, and so ... I bailed out. I was in the process of figuring out pet care and knew the best solution would be for me to stay home, take care of the furry critters, and write like a madwoman. I've already had a very productive morning scribbling in my notebook.

Can I finish the whole thing in a week? Is it a fantasy? Come back next week and find out. 

Until then, have a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving holiday*. Do eat an extra slice of pie on my behalf.

ETA: I took a picture of my new work area, the entire dining room table, all tidied up! The oak leaves are from our backyard. I love all the color in my kitchen.

*And if you are struggling to balance writing with family and food preparations this week, you have my sympathy. Oftentimes, it's easier to simply put the writing aside. Enjoy your family. Maybe you can plot and plan a family vacation while doing dishes ...


Mirka Breen said...

With what you’ve undertaken, please don’t waste time reading my comment here. I doubt you’ll have time to brush your teeth between brushing the pets and pounding the keys… . I am eager, however, to hear “the rest of the story” next time.

Faith E. Hough said...

That actually sounds amazing. I'm thankful to be able to spend time with my family...but I know I'll be thinking about my story even as I socialize. ;)
I hope it works very well for you--is this the historical fiction you're working on? I can't wait to read it!

Vijaya said...

Mirka, you make me laugh. Long showers and bubble baths shall be included in this writing retreat!

Faith, I am amazed at how well you juggle writing and family, how much you get done! I confess I cannot really think about my stories when I'm engaged in conversations. Of course, they spark many story ideas, and I do have paper handy :) This writing retreat seems heaven-sent.

Marcia said...

I love the picture of your kitchen.

Anonymous said...

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Ruth Schiffmann said...

Wow, sounds like a wonderful quiet time you've got there at home. Enjoy every minute of it!
Love the picture. What a wonderful bright space with all of those windows. Perfect for writing!

MollyMom103 said...

Whoa, you struck a chord with this.

I'm going to Dis in Jan *no bailing for me, though I admire you so much for it*. I was invited to one of the most fab writing retreats ever and turned it down. The deal for me is all my kids are coming. It's the first time in ages my whole family will be together.

I'm going to give myself permission to bail next time!

I sign up for Nano every year and every year I've totally failed so far. Hey, you never know.


Vijaya said...

Marcia, thank you -- I didn't take the picture of my messy living room, with all my research spread out!

Donna, I could've gone on and on with Sally (had to curb myself).

Ruth, my in-laws brought the WA gray-wet with them, so I esp. appreciate the brightness.

Molly, don't admire me too much. Pet care and headaches factored into my decision. You're choosing the better part -- with your kids growing up and leading their own lives, it's rare when all of you can be together. You'll have great fun in Jan. There will be other writing retreats.

Fail brilliantly! Keep at it.

TerryLynnJohnson said...

wow! this is such a daring and crazy idea - I think I'll join you! We should both check in to see what we accomplished. However - it's not Thanksgiving here, I do have a quiet weekend planned. Thanks for the motivation!

Vijaya said...

Terry, even a quiet weekend can do wonders! Let's check in on Monday. And may the muse(mews) be with you!