My apologies for my failure to post yesterday. Sometimes, life has other plans. However, moving on to what I learned while on my writing retreat...
10. Setting a daily goal keeps you sane. Sometimes, it's a word count, sometimes it's reaching a certain place in editing - but you need a goal.
9. Concentration is key. This can be harder than it seems when the view out your window is worthy of a postcard.
8. You can't win a staring contest with a deer.
7. It's best to restrict your muttering to when you're alone - not walking around town.
6. Coffee is always good.
5. However, having someone else preparing your meals is even better.
4. My brain fries after hitting 5,000 words. Seriously. You could smell the smoke. It wasn't pretty.
3. The feeling of accomplishment each evening was enormous. In fact, it was knowing I would get that feeling of accomplishment that carried me through each morning.
2. Rainy weather is good for writing.
1. I need to schedule this type of retreat again. It forced me to take my writing seriously.
Here are a few pictures of where I was - Bowen Island, BC.
The approach on the ferry.
This is the deck where I stayed.
This was my view.