Writing Retreat – Day Five

Thursday 1st December

Hell, it’s my last day and I haven’t done anywhere near as much as I planned.  Get up at crack of dawn. Open laptop. Write and write and write.  Finish Chapter Three. Edit late chapters.   End with total word count of 7,000 words. But more importantly, feel that my novel has legs. Am beginning to fall in love with the characters and story.  Think I will carry on with this when I get home, which is one of the things I wanted to establish. One of the reasons I came away.

Things I learned

If you can possibly bear it, don’t have internet access. (wish I hadn’t succumbed)

Writing first pages (stream of consciousness writing) in the morning does work.  (will continue to do this)

Don’t take anything else to do. It’s just another excuse to get distracted. (wish I hadn’t taken competitions)

Don’t think you have loads of time. If you usually work to deadlines – as I do – then set some. Interesting how on the last morning I wrote loads.

Take chocolate. (you might think you won’t want any – but you will and it’ll save a lot of time going out to get it 😉 )

Would I do it again? Definitely!

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