"Women, then, have not had a dog's chance of writing poetry. That is why I have laid so much stress on money and a room of one's own." -Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own
The website Retreats for Writers says, "Everyone needs to get away, especially writers. A writers retreat is the perfect opportunity to focus solely on your craft for a period of time. With all the day to day distractions aside, it's surprising how much you can accomplish." Whether a conference in an artists' colony like San Miguel de Allende, Macondo, or Yaddo, a night at a local writers group, or even a stolen hour up in a treehouse, last week Red Room asked its members to write about their favorite place to get away to write.
My favorite sentence in this week's blog posts came from member Len Boswell in his short post: "Writing is like having a wonderful dream while you're wide awake." Several bloggers posted particularly memorable entries about where that happens to them best:
- The detail in author James Buchanan's matter-of-fact telling of his battle with cancer and his subsequent escape to a writing treat makes his harrowing post "Star Island and Chemo" unforgettable.
- Several good posts extolled the virtues of the local library. New author JM Cornwell's stood out for the picture it paints of a hushed sanctuary haunted by her muse. Read "Anonymous Writing."
- I was taken aback at the title of author Dale Estey's post, "Meeting the Jewish Gal on Her Way to Dachau," but his sweet story of a chance encounter that turned into a friendship is a good read.
These bloggers will win the new book from Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry. Demystifying the publishing process, The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published, "takes you through the entire process, from finding the right idea, to writing your book, to finding an agent and/or publisher (or self-publishing), to promoting and marketing, to finding your audience through social media, to e-books, soup-to-nuts, the only guide you'll ever need."
We'll announce the winner of the San Miguel Writers Conference contest soon. Thanks as always for blogging!
-Huntington W. Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room