The other day, I saw an offer (and I can’t remember quite where, so sorry…) for a writer’s retreat. It was a week-long trip to the beach to write. My first instinct was, *I so want to go* then I started thinking that I would never be able to concentrate if I went. I’d want to walk on the beach or chitchat with the other writers. I know I’d get very little done. And I know this would happen because many a time I’ve gotten together with my writer buddies and got not a single thing done. Yeah, I am weak and *need* to socialize sometimes. Maybe that stems from being a stay-at-home mom and rarely seeing other adults not named McDonald.
I can actually write somewhere other than my house. I’ve met Ames up at Starbucks and we wrote. Now don’t get me wrong, I tried to talk, but she’d give me that evil get-your-ass-in-gear eye and I would crank the words out—we took chitchat breaks, so that helped. In fact, I got a good chunk of my 5th book written that way. Even in my own house I have written in several rooms. I am not just an at-my-desk writer. When I had to pick up the boys from school, I’d write in the line. And I’ve done it several other places, it’s just the thought of a retreat that makes me know I’d be too distracted, be it the people or the location.
I so want to go, but to spend that kind of money I’d be too worried I wouldn’t get enough done. And worse, I wouldn’t want to be the one to distract other folks from getting their work done either. Have you ever gone on a writer’s retreat? Was it successful for you? And by successful, you got “enough” out if it. Would you recommend it (even to someone who is self-professed ADD…)