Writing is never as simple as it should be. Just sit down, pick up a pen and scribble words on a page, or open your document and type. I discovered a few things that helped me, and maybe they will help you set up your writing retreat.
An at-home Writing Retreat requires a mind shift. My standard weekend routine focuses on completing chores and errands over any actual writing. I cleared the decks and eliminated as many of my weekend responsibilities as possible. I set a clear expectation for the result I wanted to achieve, and I devised some non-negotiable boundaries.
Next, I prepped my office. I decluttered, deep cleaned, and put away evidence of any projects other than the one that was my focus for this retreat. As I cleaned and rearranged the space, I imagined how I would present my office if my best friend were joining me for my retreat.
The next step was creating a writing retreat itinerary and posting it at the office door. I highlighted my writing session hours by adding skull and crossbones images that helped reinforce the “Do Not Disturb” sign.
Unlike the last time I attempted a DIY Writing retreat, I remembered to include breaks. I found out the hard way that writing for two hours straight was not a good idea. During my retreat writing sessions, I left my phone in another room, disconnected the wireless, and got to work.
Did you write yesterday? Are you writing today?
Keep on writing.
Jo Hawk The Writer