A few years ago, I attended my first writers’ retreat, not a writers’ conference or a writers’ seminar, but a writers’ retreat. For twenty-four hours we immersed ourselves in writing.
There were times of instruction and teaching, as well as food and fun, along with a bit of sleep, but the focus was on writing.
I was inspired and motivated to write. And write I did. I cranked out about 2,000 words for my next book, completing the introductory chapter—at least I thought so.
On the drive home, my writing buddy inspired me through our conversation and I decided to expand the chapter. I later added another 1,000 words to it. Plus, I now have the opening sentences for the remaining eight chapters, along with some specific content ideas.
None of this would have happened without the writers’ retreat. Yes, I could have stayed home and written, but I doubt my words would have been as good, as many, or as inspired.
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Peter Lyle DeHaan, PhD, is an author, blogger, and publisher with over 30 years of writing and publishing experience. Check out his book The Successful Author for insider tips and insights.