So, when I first knew my local RWA chapter was having a Spring retreat for our writers, I can’t say I was super excited about attending, but felt I needed to go because I’m part of the board. I can’t write when I’m around people, so I figured it’s not going to be a productive weekend, but once again – boy was I wrong. Those who know me, know that me being wrong is not uncommon.
I am rooming with four other writers, two I had never met before and two I know well. I’m having the best time, not just with these four incredible and open women, but with the other twenty women in attendance. We are having conversations I wouldn’t have expected, getting to know each other better, and finding kinship. We are a diverse group from all walks of life talking writing, relationships, life, and ideas. I feel rejuvenated, inspired, motivated.
Writing can be a solitary activity and we need to connect once in a while, we need to re-evaluate why we write, and know that while we as writers create alone, we are also part of a bigger community that is supportive and helpful. Romance writers are a true community that support each other, celebrates each other’s successes, and knows that success for one is success for all.
The personal journey I am currently on is because I want to be a better writer. Things I won’t do for myself or others, I am willing to do for my writing. I am grateful that I felt compelled to be here, because it has been an experience I will remember. And I’ll be back. It’s not just networking, it’s building relationships, learning new things, and bonding with creative others whose spirits understand my spirit.
Friends, if you have a chance to go to a retreat, writer or otherwise, do yourself a favor and do it. Embrace the experience, open yourself to some creative, emotional, ideational pot stirring that spurs you to new concepts, and inspires you continue your down your individual path.