It’s what many writers’ dream about – a quiet, comfortable, inspiring place to write.
You might already have that in your usual writing ‘bolt-hole’ at home, and let’s face it, anywhere is a good place to write – it’s the lack of willpower (and interruptions from family needs, a paid job or other various non-essential activities) that usually prevents one actually writing. That’s what it’s like for me, at least.
Making the break away from one’s comfort zone every now and then is important. With no other demands on your time or attention you’re forced to face those manuscripts banging on the door of your mind.
I’m revelling in my current ‘writing retreat from heaven’ – house-sitting in the beautiful city of Hobart.
Hobart is the capital city of Tasmania (the tiny island State at the bottom of the Australian mainland if you’re not familiar with our place on the globe). Not only is this a gorgeous small city, it’s home to some of my favourite writers, it’s filled with historical and beautiful buildings, it sits alongside a fabulous expanse of water, the Derwent River just before it reaches the sea, and behind, like some geological fortress, the 1,271 metre high Mt Wellington towers over the city.
The home I’m looking after for five weeks has large picture-windows that look out towards the ever-changing water. It also has a very efficient fireplace – perfect for Hobart’s chilly spring nights. No freezing garret for me!
On my list of ‘to do’ writing during my time in Hobart:
- Work on the final edit of my story for 8-11 year olds, Fangus Fearbottom.
Work on another edit of the series’ second story (well, it will be a series if a publisher likes it), Fangus Fearbottom – The Banana Bandits. Outline the plot for the third story, Fangus Fearbottom – The Vampire Sniffer. I want to write the first draft in this year’s NaNoWriMo – the global National Novel Writing Month.
I’ll catch up with several of my writing compatriots this week (can’t wait to see you again, Karen B!) and Tassie author, Julie Hunt.
Looking forward to meeting some new friends from the world of children’s writing this week too. Also have to go back to Fullers Bookshopto talk to their children’s books expert, the delightful Jen Murnaghan.
So, yes, I recommend a writing retreat every now and then!
Where would you go if you had the chance? I’d love to hear about your dream writing retreat.