Do You Ever Take a Retreat from life?

This picture is a little taste of paradise where I go a couple times a year to get away from home and to concentrate on my writing.

I’m heading south to Rancho Mirage for a week where I hope to crank out at least fifteen thousand words (hopefully more) over the next seven days.

Trust me, it isn’t all about writing.  I have a good friend who lives nearby and we always meet for lunch or dinner.

Another good friend will come for two days and we’ll do a spa day and catch up on all the latest gossip. Maybe we’ll see a movie, too.

Though I love having a week completely to myself with an open schedule, this will be a writing retreat first and foremost.  I’m really looking forward to it!       

Do you blame me for wanting to go here?  Gorgeous isn’t it?

Do you ever need to retreat from life? Do you have a favorite place to go when you do?

I’d love to hear about it.



Until next time, I wanted to share a funny I saw on Facebook this past week.  It is so true, especially for writers.  I hope you don’t have a night like this anytime soon.


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4 Responses to Do You Ever Take a Retreat from life?

  1. Gina B. says:

    Love this post, Lynne. The Oatmeal funny is priceless! I have nights like that a lot…sometimes I force myself to actually grab a pen and scribble thoughts in a notebook in the dark. Most of the time they’re lost forever.

    My favorite mini-retreat spot is the park behind my apartments. When the weather’s good I’ll escape to a deserted picnic table and write surrounded by trees, grass, and the lake. It’s soooo peaceful and relaxing.

    Enjoy Rancho Mirage — it looks absolutely gorgeous!

    • Oh, Gina – your retreat spot sounds wonderful. I know what you mean about jotting down those thoughts at night. I am amazingly lazy about getting up to do that, or keeping a notepad beside my bed. Instead, I lay there repeating the sentence or scene over and over in my head to make sure I remember the exact wording in the morning. Of course by morning it is only a faint thought surrounded by fog. Sigh.

      Wishing you much good weather, so you can write, write, write!

  2. Dee J. says:

    You must take me with you next time!! Pretty please! That place looks gorgeous and the perfect spot to get creative! I’m so jealous! (Luckily green matches my eyes. LOL.)

    • Hi Dee J!
      I have had a great time here. I definitely got some writing done – arrived with 14K and am leaving with just under 24K. I had a fun SPA day with my good friend who came down for a visit, and a fab luncheon with author buddy Robena Grant last Saturay.

      I’ll be heading home tomorrow and looking forward to sleeping in my own bed.
      Let’s talk about a future retreat.