A Writer’s Retreat – Day One

10 Nov
View from our window

View from our window

November has come around again, bringing with it an urge to write. In honor of NaNoWriMo (National November Writing Month) my friend (and critique partner) and I have travelled north to Mont Tremblant in the Laurentian Mountains for a one week writing adventure.
 NaNoWriMo has been a personally successful format for starting a first draft. My latest novel, From Away, was born in November 2011 and was released two months shy of its 3rd birthday. So here I am again, with only a vague idea of what to write about, but hopeful that with some brainstorming, homemade pizza and wine, another idea will evolve by the end of the week.
 Got up this morning to snow on the ground and a mostly clear blue sky. There’s something about the mountains that fills me with peace and hope, giving me clarity of thought and a catalyst for creativity.
We will write each morning, take a walk in the afternoon, drink Long Island Iced Teas before dinner and talk about our WIPS (works in progress). Bouncing ideas off someone else’s brain gives more perspective than brooding about it on your own. 
 Writing is by its very nature a solitary activity. Sharing the process with a fellow writer is a collaborative, connective concert of words that provides fodder for the long winter to come.

One Response to “A Writer’s Retreat – Day One”

  1. Jewel Divas Style November 13, 2014 at 12:04 am #

    It looks so peaceful.

Talk to me ;)

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