Planning a Mini Writer’s Retreat

on February 7, 2013 in Book Writing

Sometimes everyday life gets in the way of writing (and sometimes writing is that everyday life). But in the former case, one of my favorite things to do is go somewhere else -- plan a mini writer's retreat of sorts.

I'm doing that with my husband this weekend. We're heading to a B&B called Sayre Mansion, about an hour from where we live. We stay in a gorgeous suite which was part of the house's old library. And the back room of the suite still has that library vibe -- a few lovely old chairs, a writing desk, and two huge built-in bookcases filled with books.

My hubby's taking me this weekend as a birthday getaway because I'm in some serious need of unwinding time. And I plan to tuck myself away for several hours in the back room of the suite, writing away. I can't wait.

I think all writers should have somewhere else to go when they need to isolate themselves or put themselves in more of a writing mood. It doesn't have to be a hotel. It could even be free -- your favorite corner at the local library or a spot under your favorite tree at a local park for example. It's just about changing the scenery once in a while to make it easier to re-focus our energies on our books.

What about you? Do you have a place where you occasionally take a mini writer's retreat? How often do you go there? Tell us about it in the comments.

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Jennifer Mattern is a professional blogger, freelance business writer, and indie author. She began writing for clients in 1999 and started her first blog in 2004.

She owns 3 Beat Media - a publishing and client services company which operates All Indie Writers as well as several other websites and blogs including The Busy Author's Guide and BizAmmo. Jenn comes from a background in online PR and social media consulting, having owned a small PR firm for several years before choosing to pursue a full-time writing and publishing career.

Jenn also writes fiction under multiple pen names in the areas of children's fiction, mysteries, and horror fiction. Jenn is an active member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA) and currently serves as the organization's Assistant Coordinator of Promotions and Social Media.

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