I’m with my usual writing friends (Mary Kay Andrews, Margaret Maron, Katy Munger, Sarah Shaber, Alexandra Sokoloff and Brenda Witchger) at our usual writing retreat locale (the Weymouth Center for the Arts) and we’re getting tons done. Every morning, Mary Kay makes us (yes she makes us!) set our goals for the day and if we haven’t reached them by the time we reconvene at dinner, we have to hang our heads in shame. My goal for today was 4,000 words and I reached it by four o’clock (4,011 words, to be exact). I’m certain we’ve all reached our goals today, though we haven’t checked in yet. That’s what being here is all about: getting away from our regular day to day lives to focus on writing and only on writing. But a huge part of our productivity is tied, I’m sure, to the fact that we can only get online in the library of “our” vast mansion. No checking email every five minutes. No stopping to do research on, say, when plastic was invented and getting lost in articles that describe, in fascinating detail, exactly how plastic is made.
Right now, Mary Kay is roasting us a chicken for dinner. After dinner we’ll brainstorm titles or plot problems and then, I hope, play a game or two. We deserve a little down time, but tomorrow, we’ll be right back at it. I honestly can’t wait!