Reporting the Retreat

Wow. This weekend flew by! My plan to spend the entirety chained to my desk, my fingers virtually on fire through typing did not go quite to plan. But, it was a very lovely weekend, and with weekends, that’s all that really matters.

So, the headlines. Well, I broke my target word-count, managing to add 4,401 words to the pot, as well as planning some themed writing workshops which I really want to run, and sorting out my entry for the 2016 European Haiku Prize. As a result, I am incredibly chuffed with how things went, and am decidedly chuffed now that I know what I can achieve when I put my mind to it, and label a weekend a “writing weekend”.

Miraculously, I also managed to catch up via long phone-calls with two friends I haven’t spoken to for ages, and have an impromptu cuppa out on the seafront with another friend who happened to be in the area. Socialising AND writing – never imagined I’d be able to combine the two so successfully!

And what have I learned from this weekend? For one thing – a nice, short, detailed list is a good thing. A sprawling, scrawled list with two dozen things on it, is not. I only had three / four goals, and I managed to achieve all of them. Usually, I spend most of Sunday afternoon staring at the to-do list, wishing it would go away! For another, actually putting it in the diary really helped clear it for writing, and only writing. Yes, there were distractions, but at the end of the day, I did better than I was hoping to, and most importantly, am looking forward to the next one.

Just got to book it into the plan…



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