Day 9 of Writing Retreat – A Day Off

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. In the spirit of that quote, I took a good part of today off. There was an Al-Anon convention in Brattleboro that I thought I’d check out. It was well attended, and I stayed for two of the breakout sessions. Then, as I...
Writing Retreat – Day 5

Writing Retreat – Day 5

Woke up this morning to temps in the 40’s! By the time I had the wherewithal to take note, it was slightly warmer, but fall-like. Lovely to have that big down comforter on top of me. Great headway today on Chapter 6. It’s all about when I got into 12-step...
Writing Retreat – Day 4

Writing Retreat – Day 4

What the what?! I could not be further removed from traffic, honking and crowds in my little cabin off this dirt road in Vermont. So why did I need to put on my noise-cancelling headphones at 10am this morning? Walking up the driveway to my car, I saw the offending...

Writing Retreat – Day 3

One of the ways I edit my writing is to print it out, read it aloud into my phone’s recording device, then listen back to my words to hear how they sound. I can catch repeats, oversights and inconsistencies that way. I also notice if the words flow and if what...

Writing Retreat – Day 2

The fact that I’m just now posting at 8:21pm tells you something about how productive I was today. I wrote for at least five hours, though I don’t have a lot to show for it–maybe 3 more pages total. I’m revising Chapter 5, which is a...