4 Tips On How Not to Plan a Writing Retreat

#amwriting donnajostone.comI have had fair success at getting words on the current WIP flowing. Not all of those words are kept, mind you. But then that is the nature of a first draft.

“The first sentence can’t be written until the final sentence is written.”Joyce Carol Oates

Committed to writing a certain amount on my novel in progress every day, I have decided to pretend this forced vacating of my home is a writer’s retreat. This fantasy would probably be easier to maintain if I had not brought my family, including our new puppy, along with me.

Tip #1 Don’t bring your kids or a puppy.


There are also the constant interruptions of new information about the home repairs which tend to get me sidetracked. The ongoing saga is a twisted version of a never ending story, reminding me of If You Give A Mouse A Cookie.

Along the way to the discovery of where the moisture is coming from we found no leaks, but we did find out the home has what was referred to as “the pipe of the future” otherwise known as polybutylene pipe. This particular kind of pipe is no longer used because it is destined to fail. Check your pipes, peeps.

During the new water line installation, I was informed the hot water heater has been leaking. No word on the water damage from that yet.

After numerous consultations, it has been determined that the constant water collecting under the sinks is probably from condensation. This may be due to the vapor barrier being compromised when a neighbor’s dog got under the home. Or it could be because of improper site prep. They are working on it.

Tip #2 Leave your home problems at home and don’t answer calls.

Other issues will be dealt with as the summer progresses. The good news is, no mold in the walls as far as we can tell with mold kits and this handy snaking camera.



Tip # 3 Don’t give up writing no matter what.

“Writing is easy. You just open a vein and bleed.”               Red Smith

Meanwhile, I will keep busy scribbling away on the book when I’m not enjoying myself poolside here at my writing retreat.

Tip #4 Don’t forget to find JOY in the journey.


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  1. Wow, keep writing. Sorry about the plumbing problems. I love that you find joy in your situation. PS thanks for linking up with Literacy Musing Mondays. 😉

    1. Always keep writing or pursuing your goals, no matter what happens, because stuff will happen. I got a message saying the plumbing part was done, but the wiring wouldn’t support the newer hot water heater so now, rewiring. I laughed. What else can you do? Onward. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Mary!

  2. Last week I had a problem with the internet and God knows it feels like I was on withdrawal. I can’t blog or read blogs. Argh. Although I had to go back to writing on paper and it still feels good doing that. 🙂

    Well, these writing retreat ideas sounds smart. Thanks for sharing.

    And keep writing. 🙂

    1. No internet? Glad you are back now! When our goes out it’s like being crippled. Paper and pen are good, though.

  3. How true! I started , writing back in 2012, got few articles published. My mistake was, that I paused for a bit. And, then slowly the writer in me faded out.
    Hope, I can start again :-))

    1. It’s hard when you’ve lost momentum, but you can always start again. If you want to write, go for it!

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