Monday, March 8, 2010

Five Days of Reading & Writing

I'm hosting a wee writing retreat (aka "having friends over to my parents' rental in Palm Springs") later this month, and I'm trying to decide how best to use my time at the event.

I can't type on laptops and I'm not bringing a desktop computer, so I won't actually be typing, but I can grab a pen, Holly Lisle's One-Pass Revision checklist, and revise my new YA novel by hand. I can also spend some time researching (I've loaded up my library holds list) and diving into "Sin and Syntax" by Constance Hale for some refreshers.

Also, I plan to plot against my liver. It's a WRITING RETREAT ;)

Other suggestions are more than welcome.

* CONFESSION: I have never revised a manuscript in one pass and don't think I ever will. Ha!


  1. I would love to participate in something like this. Too bad I'm so far away.

  2. Wow it sounds like such a fun retreat! Whatever you work on I hope you have fun!

  3. Wow, it sounds like a great time! My group (the WAD) are trying to find a way to get together...more than two at a time.

    I'm sure you will have a great time. I'd print off a copy...give it to everyone...edit and revise (at night). I'd have everyone bring a hard copy (of more than one ms, depending on size) for each member of your group. Those of you who want to use a laptop to revise...go for it...Anyone who doesn't want to...use paper. (recyle when finished) Hve a great time...It's not easy to find people who "get" who you are. Enjoy the time you have together. :-)

  4. Good ideas, Sharon, thanks! I think we're planning to read a scene or two aloud from our WIPs at dinner each night, and trading manuscripts may be a possibility as well (though I think I'll spend the retreat fixing mine up and then trade for feedback and notes once we get home).

    Here's hoping you and your group can plan an event this year!