On a writing (not reading) retreat

In many ways I suppose this could be a good weekend for reading. But that’s not what I’m supposed to be doing…

I’m at a writers retreat. I’m supposed to be writing.

I’m here in a house with eight fellow word wranglers. There are laptops everywhere. The floor is strewn with cables.  Wine is being mulled…

This afternoon the house was a veritable hive of activity; a silence weighted with productivity, punctuated by the clacking of keyboards.

Before I can progress with writing, however, I need to figure out what’s going to happen next in my WIP. And I concluded earlier in the week that maybe I should read back over what has gone before to see whether anything helpful jumps out at me.

So that’s what I did this afternoon — read back over some of what has gone before. (Which, to my gratification, wasn’t as awful as I thought it might have been.)

My plan for the weekend is to become unstuck. I’d love to plough through the current scene-of-difficulty and navigate my way towards the end…

Having said that, I do like the idea of lying back with a book all weekend. What an indulgence. I brought my kindle — books! — maybe (if I can’t get unstuck) it will be a good weekend for reading after all…

What’s your plan for the weekend? Will you be doing any reading?


This post was inspired by today’s wanafriday theme, which was to launch from the opening line of Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani: “This will be a good weekend for reading.”

Read some of the other interpretations of this theme:

Janice Heck – A good weekend for reading (in which she also talks about the book, Big Stone Gap)

Kim Griffin – Rainy Days

Siri Paulson – Reading

Cora Ramos – Reading Time? Ha Ha

19 thoughts on “On a writing (not reading) retreat

    1. Erin, that’s soooo sad. 😦
      Writing retreats can be so productive. They can also involve a lot of drinking and chatting. Both of which can lead to epiphanies!
      I find getting away with even just one other person fantastic. Really helps with the discipline. Thanks so much for stopping by.


  1. I hope you’re having a good retreat. Sounds like fun 🙂

    What I really should be doing this weekend is working on this week’s writing goals. I do expect to do a little bit of reading, but not fiction. I’ve been going through a rulebook for a roleplaying game which I think would be a pretty good fit for a fantasy world I’ve been kicking around as a place to write some new drafts of stories and stuff.


      1. Yeah, I haven’t played one in ages, but I’ve been collecting and reading different games for a long time because they’re fun and inspiring. I’m thinking it might be cool to run a game in the same setting I’m planning to write some fiction in, so long as I don’t try to impose any kind of story on the players, and I don’t steal the players’ ideas and plans and use them in my stories 🙂


          1. I’m sure they’d come up with great ideas, but I don’t think I’d feel right about using them since they’d be ideas I didn’t come up with. But maybe that’s what happens when writers bounce their ideas off each other. I don’t have anyone I really do that with and I just keep my ideas to myself, so I don’t really know what other writers do when they talk to each other about their stuff.


          2. Bouncing ideas off fellow writers can be quite helpful actually. We’ve been doing some that this weekend.
            And allowing people/experiences/random incidents to inspire you is fair game for a writer. 🙂


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