Sometimes you just have to get away for a while.
Several months ago, one of my critique partners, Susan Lawrence, suggested that our crit group have a retreat. The group thought it was a lovely idea, so she went ahead and planned it. She invited some local writer friends of hers as well, and reserved Parr Lodge for us at the lovely Pine Lake Camp in Eldora, IA.
Well, you know what they say about the best-laid plans… Conflicts came up for one person and then another, until the original number of twelve attendees was whittled down to a mere five! Argh!
But you know what? We five had a wonderful time. We each accomplished our personal writing goals for the weekend, got to know and quickly grew to love another, and shared some sweet sisterhood in Christ.
Thank you, Susan, for all your hard work in organizing and carrying it out. (She did all the cooking! And everything was excellent!) Also, thank you for inviting your friends Glenda Mathes and Angela Johnson, each of whom are lovely ladies and excellent writers. I enjoyed getting to know them. Also, Edna Allen attended (she has no site to link to yet, but she’s working on it!). I met her and Susan a couple years earlier at a mentoring retreat with Heart of America Christian Writers Network, but never had the opportunity to really get to know her before.
So we retreated, and then came back energized, refreshed, and inspired. Sometimes it’s great to just turn tail and run.