Saturday, I got the opportunity to go to a day-long retreat with PDX Writers at this glorious place (McMenamins Edgefield). It was such a welcome break from the ordinary–it was just the thing right now.
I got really lucky–I’m unemployed right now, so I wasn’t going to be able to go to this, but I got a scholarship. It felt like such a wonderful luxury. This is my second writing retreat–last year when I was employed I was able to go to the PDX Writers weekend-long retreat. I’m thinking I need to schedule in more regular breaks from the everyday for myself–it doesn’t have to be a fancy retreat. I could do something like this for myself now and then. I think we should all do this–our writing will love it! And doing something different is a great way to shake up the writing and get things moving.
During the prompted writings I got some character work done on someone who’s been living in my head for a while and has lots of stories to tell. In the afternoon, we had free time for walking, thinking, writing on our own. I got some planning done for NaNoWriMo, so I think I’m ready to start tomorrow.
But that’s tomorrow. I’m sure I’ll be back writing about NaNo throughout November. For now, here are more pictures of the lovely writing escape. I’m off to get ready for the trick-or-treaters. Happy Halloween!