Monday, March 30, 2009
Writers Retreat at the Beach!
I just got back from a wonderful writing retreat at North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Fellow Love Inspired author (LI suspense), Lynette Eason, generously hosted me and two other writers at her parents' condo. It was such a wonderful, productive getaway! In the photo on the left, I'm working in my very favorite spot, out on the balcony with the ocean as my background music. I love working at the beach and am always more productive there than anywhere. Too bad I can't buy a beach house!
Here's the great view off the balcony. Although we had some rain, it warmed up and got a little sunny for a few hours on Saturday. We even saw a few brave folks who went down to the beach in swim suits. Don't know if I could have braved it! It was still too cool for me. But sitting protected from the wind with some sun shining was perfect for writing.
The photo below cracked me up. Laptop computers everywhere!! :)
I really enjoyed meeting non-fiction writers Candy Arrington (in the above photo with me) and Linda Gilden, friends of Lynette's who also live in South Carolina. I'm always amazed at how well a group of writers can get along: Talk a few minutes. Work a few hours. Eat a snack. Ask each other brainstorming questions. Type like crazy. Eat a meal. Write. Laugh and talk. Write even more. Eat another snack. Share writing stories. Type some more in our own little writing worlds. Eat a meal together. Relax a little while. Then back to work.
It's amazing how much we can get done. And we all understand if someone totally tunes out the conversation. No expectations. Just the understanding that we're there to write like crazy as well as to enjoy the company.
All in all, a fantastic 4 days!!
Also, all photos are courtesy of Lynette. She shared them on her facebook page. :) (I still haven't gotten my photos off my phone yet.)