Because this profession has the propensity to be such a solitary one, I find I sometimes need that extra boost that camaraderie provides (hence Shenandoah Writers, Shenandoah Writers Online, SheNoWriMo, etc.). While the act of writing is individual, I think it might be neat to feed off the energy of others. That’s why I think, although I would have done SheNoWriMo myself if I’d had to, I have been staying on top of my word count (for the most part). It makes one accountable.
It has worked for some of my favorite authors (John Green, Maureen Johnson, E. Lockhart), so perhaps it will work for us as well!
I have never been to a write-in or writers’ retreat before, but I envision this as a way to force oneself to get the writing done. We all have crazy things going on in our lives, I’m sure, and we don’t always make as much time to write as we intend – so this is kind of an organized way of taking that time and being accountable to others – butt in chair and WRITE, as they say, the whole time.
We will each be working on our OWN projects. It will likely be a largely quiet day.
WHAT WE’LL HAVE
We have plenty of comfortable spaces to set up little “Internet cafes” as well as places to get a little bit of distance—no need for anyone to bring card tables or chairs, like we discussed at the meeting. As well, we have outlets all over the place as well as two power strips, so we should be set in terms of power, no matter where people set up camp.
In addition, we recently acquired a 30-cup coffee pot, so we will have plenty of fuel to keep us going!
WHAT TO BRING
- Power cords for your laptops
- Pens/Notebooks if you think you’ll be writing/outlining by hand
- Your favorite writing snacks – we intend to do dinner at 5PM with anyone who wants to go, but if you’d like to snack throughout the day, pack yourself a little somethin’ somethin’ 🙂
Please let me know if you can make it. Even if you’ve never been to a Shenandoah Writers (IRL) meeting, but you’re in the area and interested, we’d love to have you—I just need to be able to plan for it, so it would be nice if you’d let me know.
As well, if you aren’t sure you can commit to the whole time, that’s totally fine. You can certainly come and go as you please.
Please contact me for directions.
I think it will be a neat experience. And hey—if it doesn’t work out or we hate it or something, that’s okay, too. We’ll find out!
If you have any questions between now and Saturday, please feel free to shoot me an e-mail.
Looking forward to it!