I set out late last week to fashion a DIY Writing Retreat that would span five days. Here's what happened along with some tips about how you can set up your own period of focus and why you should.
I'm in the midst of revising a novel I finished in May of 2017. When I put the draft in a drawer and left it for a few months, I knew some of the ways it needed fixing, but not all. I started revising it in earnest at the start of 2018, and I've had starts and stops. Often, I would get frustrated because I couldn't seem to do two good days of revision back to back.
So, when I knew I had five days to myself coming up, I decided to shake things up. My rules were pretty simple:
Did I magically finish revising the novel in those five days? No. In fact, part of my process was to add some depth and complications, which meant writing completely new chapters. But, as I was babbling about it to Dani last night, I realized that's what it needed. I still have about 20,000 words to revise (and some of those scenes will be cut/replaced), but the process is going well.