What’s your idea of a Writer’s retreat? I recently saw an article on the writer’s retreats of some famous authors, Rowling, Hemingway, Ian Fleming and the like.
I stay on the lookout for nice places, on the off-chance I get to retire in them long term, or get short-term residencies. Recently, I stayed at a hotel in Udaipur, In Rajasthan, India– a family trip, not much to do with writing. It was an estate with stunning views all around, and I did a spot of writing while there. See all the pictures here.
For my money though, the best writing often comes to me at places with no view. My study table faces a blank wall. I write often at food courts– noisy, and not exactly the best view. For me, my writing must be a world I can escape into, and beautiful views make that hard. A writer’s retreat for me would be a comfy room, room service with a diverse menu (most important!) and, no television or internet. A room with a decent, but not spectacular view, no special place to go outside of that room.
Put me in front of a good view, and I want to stare at it, maybe take a walk, breathe the air, lose track of words, get lost. Writing seems like drudgery at that point.
I do have words or characters pop by for a minute or two when I’m in the midst of nature, and I’ve learned to note them down. But when in a beautiful place, I want my body and soul replenished, that’s it. Not much writing.
What about you? If you’re a writer, do good views make you want to write? What’s your idea of an ideal writer’s retreat? If you’re a reader, do you ever wonder what writers’ lives are like– and what places they write in?
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