Day 19: Retreat!

When I began this 31 day blogging challenge, I captured more than 31 topics for the posts.  However, many of those topics require more thought, research, and time than I can muster in a short amount of time (this is why blogging every day may not be the best thing).

Not only is it hard to find time to write, it’s hard to find time to spend with writers. All the literature about the act or art of writing recommends attending retreats and conferences.  Unfortunately, those things are not free, and I’m not generating income right now.  Well, that’s not true, I’ve made $6 this year from one poem and Audible.com royalties. Score!

It’s difficult to invest in a writing career “extras” when you have a full time job, two kids, too much charity work, and want to actually write as well.  Even with extra cash, I couldn’t spend eight weeks a year at a low residency MFA program or even three weeks at a writer’s colony.  Just getting away for a weekend when there are only 52 of them each year and so many are committed to other obligations seems unlikely to impossible.

So, I’ll keep working on my writing and my blog when I can and dream of a retreat where I could really just crank out a whole bunch of pages without interruption.  I know everything that is right now will be in the past soon enough.

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