Saturday, February 8, 2020
A Weekend of Words.
With four other writers, I headed into the countryside to a small cottage for a writers' retreat. We were all very good - well, most of us - and actually spent a lot of time writing. I brought a couple of stories I wanted to revisit. One I particularly like, but it needed work. I've attempted minor adjustments over the past year or so, but this time I went in and attacked the whole ending, which to me was the part that didn't quite work.
Now it does. It still needs another look, and a polish, but I feel it's much closer to the story it promises to be.
The other story is one I'm rather proud of. Again, it's close but needs something. Before I left Australia, a writer friend gave me a solid critique. This weekend another writer friend (both excellent writers, by the way) also gave me a critique. What stunned me was how similar their comments and advice was. If I didn't know better, I'd suspect collusion.
At least I now have a clear plan for the story.
We went out for a meal, drank wine, talked a lot, laughed a lot, and played a fabulous card game for many hours on end. Thanks, team, for the retreat. I really needed that weekend.
Meanwhile, it's back to work and onwards with these stories.