Retreating to Advance
If you've followed me for any amount of time at all, you know Heather Greer and Erin Howard are two of my writing sisters. We have our YouTube channel, Once Upon a Page, which has been going for two years now (almost 100 episodes!). And for the second year in a row, we organized a retreat for other writers to join us for three days of writing, encouragement, and fun. Last year was a blast (here's my post about it), but this year was even better.
First of all, we doubled in how many people attended, which was amazing. We had authors from TN, KY, IL, and AR, too. And it was a blast getting to know them and hear about their stories.
The weather was warm and mostly sunny, so we could spend time outside as well as inside. All the devos and talks were uplifting (I can say that because I led two of them--ha!).
And we actually got some writing done as well as recording more videos for the YouTube channel.
Fun fact: a writers' retreat is one of the only places on earth where it's okay to ask how many people someone has killed that day.
There are always resources and facts you can learn from authors who have been at it more than you have, and we had someone join us this year who is about to publish her 100th novel! Susan Page Davis is amazing, and I highly recommend her books, too.
Laughter is better than anything in the world when you've been in a slump, like I had slid into the last month. I'm feeling much more motivated now.
AND ... best of all, maybe ... I have the promise of a couple more contracts. :-) Heather, Erin, and I have been talking about our trilogy (with maybe Regina Merrick joining us to make it a quadrilogy). And this year, we took the opportunity to pitch it to our publisher while we were all together. And she put us on the calendar for 2023. I'll be sharing more about it soon, but to say I'm excited is an understatement.
Have you ever had to retreat in order to advance? Let me tell you, it's worth it. I'd love to hear about any experiences you might have had that are similar.
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