I just read an article that got me thinking about writing retreats and mental vacations (hey, no comments about absent minds 😉 ). It’s about happy places and why people consider those locales their very own Happy Place. Which just led me to think about writing retreats, including DIY writing retreats (great post here).
Which leads me to think about my own DIY writing retreat (pay no attention to the Muse laughing in the background). Living out in the country, about a mile and a half outside a small rural farming community, is nice in the respect that there’s less “urban noise”, and more greenery. On the other hand, not having a good office to myself for writing is something I’ve learned to deal with, and the reason I turn a nice shade of green when I hear about my writing friends spending hours in their office. With a “Do Not Disturb” note on the door (which, I understand, cats have a peculiar way of ignoring).
I have an opportunity to acquire a nice-sized (15′ x 8′) playhouse someone is selling. It’s 2×4 construction, with siding and two windows and enough room for an overnight siesta. Oh, to have a writing shack! We’d have to tuck it into the edge of the grove, yet close enough to the house so distance isn’t an excuse to avoid the trek. So why hesitate? My other half is known to absorb storage space like a thirsty sponge. The 15×8 space might just be too much of a temptation to put stuff there. Oh, and the $. It’s a reasonable price considering the size and construction, but I happened to come into very close contact with a deer this winter, so we need to replace/repair that vehicle.
Still, sooo tempting. And the seller has equipment to move it. And it’s just on the other side of town. So I’m rereading the DIY writing retreat article and writing my pro/con list. I wonder if I could deduct it as an expense on next year’s taxes…
Are you fortunate enough to have a place of your own to write, where it’s your territory? Is it an office? Writing shack? Rapunzel tower (my hubby promised me one of these, but I suspect my hair will be as long as hers before I get it)? Do you head to a hotel for a weekend when you really need to focus on getting those 20,000 words done? Another author I follow has a writing cabin complete with helipad (though I suspect that’s more happy place than real place)(Hope you don’t mind the mention, Craig). Maybe the real question is: does your Muse has his/her own room in your writing space?
Speaking of my Muse, he eased up when I told him I needed to finish revisions on another WIP before we got too deep into brainstorming. Right now he’s kicked back in the corner pretending he’s dozing, but he’s got my notebook and pencil at the ready.
May you enjoy a writing space that doubles as your happy space!
Oh, BTW, my writing teacher’s third book in her Door County series, Five-Alarm Fudge, is released today! Way to go, Chris!