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?
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.