Retreat! #ThrowbackThursday

Many long years ago, I was granted a writer retreat at the Mary Anderson Center. They no longer have a poet/writer retreat, but they do have an artist/potter one.

I took a printout of my fantasy trilogy, SAGE. I had taken it apart and cobbled it back together out of many rewrites, and badly needed the retreat. I needed to have nothing on my mind but this huge story. I needed to be able to hold the whole thing in my head with nothing breaking my train of thought or claiming my attention, so I could get all the scenes in order with the sometimes bizarre continuity intact.

Is this a perfect writing space, or what?

Retreat Desk

retreatCoffee. Snacks. Water. Music. Big Fat Fantasy. Notebook and pen. Perfect!

Got ‘er done, too.

If you ever get a chance to do a retreat, I highly recommend it, especially if you have a project like this to wrestle into shape. Shaw Guides has a great place to start looking.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character goes on retreat but it doesn’t work out so well.

MA

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I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Retreat! #ThrowbackThursday

  1. Jane

    March 5, 2015 at 9:39am

    I can think of some stuff I’d like to retreat from!

    I love SAGE. I’m really glad you were able to get it just the way you wanted it.

    GO GET THE BOOKS, FRIENDS!
    THEN READ THEM!

  2. Jessica Nunemaker

    March 5, 2015 at 4:56pm

    Hmm. I had no idea. I had heard about the train doing something like that before but I guess I didn’t realize it was a thing. That’s an idea I could really take advantage of!

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      Marian Allen

      March 5, 2015 at 5:56pm

      Oh, yes, do! Green River Writers in Louisville has a great one I highly recommend!

  3. Jessica Nunemaker

    March 5, 2015 at 6:33pm

    That’s a far drive for me…but it could just be worth it. 🙂 I’ll drive anywhere for little Indiana but outside of that, it’s hard to justify. Ha!

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