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This weekend I attended a writers retreat with members of the Melbourne Romance Writers Guild. We were in a house down on the beautiful, cold, rainy, Mornington Peninsula. Nineteen writers all together, inspiring each other and learning from one another. I came home today, and I’m super tired. Partially in the brain-full-of-new-information way, and partially in the physical way. Driving an hour or so each way, sleeping in a strange bed, all added up to being pretty wrecked this evening. And I have to go back to work tomorrow.
Still, I was very pleased I went. I learned a lot of great new stuff from the presenter, Rachel Bailey, on story and scene structure. It was great to be able to look at my writing and being able to see (most of) the principles being applied already. Knowledge is always beneficial for honing ones craft, and there were parts that I’d seen before which were reinforced, other parts that were new, and some that were presented in a different way that made more sense.
I’m excited to apply what I’ve learned to my writing. And to be more patient with myself; given writing is not my main source of income, I can be slow on my deadlines, move them, since I’ve set them for myself. I will continue to write, at my own pace, taking into account my capacity and other commitments.
If I had been thinking about it, I would have taken some photos at the retreat to make this post more interesting, but I didn’t, so please accept this dreary beachscape from Pexel instead. I look forward to showing you some new stuff in the coming months.