I’m back! And what a wonderful retreat it was. Above is a photo of the beautiful beach where I wandered and thought about my characters, and other things, every morning and evening. Ah, it was heavenly!
So – here’s a rundown:
1 cabin in the woods by the sea
2 tubs of zinc cream
40 000 new freckles
I special kangaroo friend
I Wanda the Wonga pigeon
100s of other beautiful birds
5 new human friends
1 fully completed screenplay manuscript!!!
Yes, I worked hard and got it done. 125 pages – hopefully not all crap!
It’s now being read by my fabulous mentor Stephen Lance.
Thank you Screen QLD!!
It all equals one very happy writer 🙂
Wishing you all 2 weeks retreat of your own.
Lots of love, Ed xx
YAY! Tomorrow I’m off on writing retreat – just me this time. I’m heading five hours south to a beautiful secluded beach and an air-conditioned cabin where I can focus exclusively on my screenplay. My office here at home is a corner of the living room which these days at least has a screen around it. Through most of summer it’s almost impossible to work here though because it’s so hot that my brain turns into some sort of south east Asian hot pot stew, even with a fan blowing straight on me and all of my papers.
Time away on retreat – this time I have a full glorious two weeks (thank you Screen Queensland!) – makes all the difference when you have a big project to tackle. Time alone with just you and the work enables you to immerse yourself in the world of the story you are creating without distractions and everyday responsibilities. Everything else slides away and you become just a conduit for the work you are creating – a little crazed perhaps- but focused and productive. Well, I hope so anyway.
My days will go something like this – an early morning walk, swim and yoga on the beach, then home for breakfast and writing. More writing. Lunch then a break for breathing and sivasana (or maybe just a nap!). Another beach trip for extra swimming and an explore, then home for more writing. Writing. Writing. Dinner. Then some relax and wind down time so I’ll be able to sleep without my head buzzing with the story – though my dreams will most probably be filled with it.
Four years ago around this time of year, I spent a wonderful two weeks at Varuna the Writers House in the Blue Mountains writing the first draft of the novel that this screenplay is now so very loosely based upon. In two weeks I wrote over 60 000 words, so I’m hopeful that my fortnight at the beach now will result in the same frenzied output and I’ll be bringing back a completed screenplay.
It’s going to be a grand adventure!
Wish me luck!!
See you when I get home 🙂 xx
Interested in a writing retreat of your own? There are still a few place left in the next Relax and Write Retreat – click HERE for more details.