There was no internet access at the cabin, which meant when we were on the computer we could only write. We had to leave notes in areas where we would otherwise immediately start doing research and distracting us for several hours from our writing. I got some good feedback on my work, good sound-boarding was accomplished and some general editing. I went there intending to edit my novels, which I did, not to create new pages, so I can't say exactly how much writing I got done. But one of the attendees there hit 20,000 words. It's amazing what no internet and several "Power Hours" can accomplish.
A Power Hour, for those who don't know, is basically an hour of writing. You don't worry about grammar, whether the scene makes sense, or anything other than getting words on the page. It can all be edited later. And some make it a mild competition. Who can get the most words on a page in an hour? I was editing, so I didn't get as many words written as I otherwise might have when I participated in two of the power hours. I hit about a thousand words.
This was my first writer's retreat, my first retreat. I wasn't sure exactly what to bring with me to this one so I took the basics and a few other..."I may needs." Now I have a better idea of what I'll need to take with me for retreat next year. Here's an example of a few things:
- A Throw
These are only a few examples but they are what I would put on the top of the list of wants/needs.
Thanks to everyone who made the retreat a great experience for me. I look forward to next year's retreat.