• Judy Cohen

How to Create a Writing Retreat

I’ve always believed that writing stories is an art. But although it’s an art, people want to treat it like it’s a science: predictable and consistent.

Get your brain into creative mode to design the best art possible. Between juggling deadlines, emails, social media, and your family, it’s tough to get in the mood to write something profound.

When it’s high time to think about your book, consider getting away on a mini writing retreat. Escaping the madness will help you get the space, clarity, and focus on writing away from the craziness of daily life.

Here’s how you can create your writing retreat without the $1,000 price tag.

Dedicate a space for writing

Not able to go on an out-of-town retreat for yourself? I know that’s not always in the cards.

Create a space within your home or office that’s just for writing. Whether it’s a nook in the den or an unused cubicle, convert that space into a writer’s utopia.

Make it as easy as possible to write in this space. Have a comfy chair, pens, notebooks, and good headphones. A locking door will do wonders for productivity, too.

Check into an Airbnb for the weekend

You don’t need to fly to Portugal to get your creative spark. Sometimes a change of scenery is all you need.

Check into a hotel or Airbnb in your town. Go for a night, a weekend, or a week to help you unplug from daily life. I like to choose locations with exciting features, like a hot tub, walking trail, or unique decor, to get my creative juices flowing.

Choose a location within driving distance to save on travel. Brainstorm on the road and use a voice assistant like Siri to jot down your thoughts while driving.

Add a treat

Writer’s retreats aren’t a time to hole up, write, and never see the world. You need to have a little fun, too! Put the “treat” back into “retreat” by pampering yourself a little.

These rewards can be as simple as packing a face mask and doing a DIY spa night after a long writing day. Treat yourself to a nice box of chocolates, wine, or any other treat or activity that makes you feel good.

When you feel good, you write better. Budget a $20 treat to stay engaged and happy during your retreat.

The bottom line

Record your book in a space that’s conducive to writing. It can be as simple as setting up a writer’s area in your home or as extravagant as a few nights away.

And be sure to sign up to learn when my debut memoir will be ready to pre-order. I can’t wait to share it with you!

To be continued...

Judy xo

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