Writing by the Sea

This weekend I got to have another cool adventure. No there wasn’t a really awesome toilet with a remote control and heated seat, but an awesome time was had without it. This weekend I got together at the beach for writers retreat with friends. It was nice to get away, enjoy the beautiful weather, and focus on our manuscripts.

With all of the responsibilities and distractions of day to day life it’s nice to have some time to recharge the creative batteries with other writers. Conferences are a terrific way to do this, but conferences can be exhausting. However, this weekend Kiersten Krum, Caridad Pineiro, Nisha Sharma gave each other a creative boost in a relaxing environment.   It was a lovely change of pace.  Who else could you lounge around having  conversations about demons eating entrails and ways to increase the gore factor without getting looked at as though you were insane? We also had some great brainstorming sessions It’s fun playing what if with other creative people and seeing what kind of story ideas come up. I know I got some nice feedback which helped me plug some holes in my plot for the third story in my series. I appreciated getting the prospective of people who weren’t as familiar with my stories they can come up with something better then you’d come up with alone or that wouldn’t have even occurred to you. In between writing sessions we took breaks to walk along the boardwalk, to get dinner at a wonderful Cuban restaurant in Asbury Park, and stop for dessert.

It was a wonderful weekend with great friends. We critiqued, we laughed, we got all manner of writing /writing related projects accomplished. Thanks for a lovely weekend, ladies!  I had a great time.

~Rayna

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7 responses to “Writing by the Sea

  1. I’m jealous. I wrote so much the last time I was down the shore. And that was with non-writers.
    cmr

  2. The beach is inspiring, isn’t it? You don’t even have to be On the beach, just being in a beach community, makes a person slow down and forget the hectic, crazy life we all live. It opens your mind and allows your creative juices to flow. Good for all of you!

  3. I had a great time, also! Can’t wait to do it again.

  4. Sounds like heaven! I always accomplished a lot when some of us PLRWers would go on retreat in the Poconos.

  5. Such a fabulous time. And oy, the laughter!!! Getting away to recharge like that is so important. Can’t wait to do it again!

  6. Sounds wonderful, Rayna. I still lament that I wasn’t a writer back when I lived near the beach. Someday I’ll be near the ocean again…

    Glad you had a good time! Being surrounded by those who “get us” is always a nice thing. 🙂

  7. It really was a terrific time. There is just something about being at the ocean with the crisp breezes and the warm sun. Plus, where we were staying was so bright and airy. It was extremely relaxing and conducive to getting things accomplished.

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