I’ve been a part of a small group of writers on Facebook for more than two years now. This “writing tribe” consists of women in four states and three countries/continents, and includes both published and unpublished authors. We write in different genres and different forms, but we’re linked by our love for the written word and our desire to tell a story, whether of ourselves or a character or idea that has grabbed us and won’t let go.
Because we’re such a small group, we’ve shared more than just writing over the years. I respect and admire each and every one of them, for the lives they’ve had, the lives they live, and the lives they aspire to in the future. More than half of us recently met in real life for a long weekend of words, interspersed with wine, food, chocolate and laughter. Oh, and vodka.
Here are the 10 things I learned from my first writer’s retreat:
- Sometimes people really are as awesome in person as they are online.
- It’s hard for me to write in a group setting.
- Woman writers are fierce.
- Woman writers from Texas may be *just a touch* fiercer.
- Respect the writing process, no matter what it looks like.
- Respect any writer who finishes a book, whether you like the story/genre or not.
- Your child’s school will find you, no matter where you go.
- While it may not be desirable to have a gun-wielding/gun-shooting redneck as your neighbor, it does make for good story ideas. And lots of nervous laughter.
- Drinking vodka and/or red wine every night does NOT necessarily give me a migraine.
- Next time, cowboy boots for everyone.
OK, some of these I already knew, but it’s still nice to have them affirmed. #turtlepower y’all, until next time. ❤