Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Writing retreat

I am heading for Cove Park in Argyll and Bute in Scotland next week to write. For a whole week*.

This is writer heaven really - close to the sea, a space to work, time, quiet, congenial company - but a couple of questions have occurred.

How do I get the most written? and how do I accommodate my peripatetic habits?

I don't have a problem with writer's block - in fact the opposite (I can speak for about a million years too so avoid guided tours I take unless you have an hour or two). If I have some time, I will write. Laptop. Camera etc. I have a book of ideas - impressions - the many scribbled phrases and words in notebooks to give me a jog if it doesn't appear. It being my overweight receding red hair definitely Scottish male muse in its current incarnation; rather attractive as muses tend to be. I can also transcribe a long poem I wrote for a year and a day from April to April 2012-2013...don't know how this will turn out. I have not even looked at it since then; just left it cooking. Next week will be like Christmas opening it up again.

So really no problems there.

But I go mad if I am cooped up. I need my circular walk. I need to take the car out. The spaces have big windows so if I am perambulating imagine I will feel shifty and self-conscious at least until I am out of sight. Dark glasses and hat? Then hopefully I will hear a willow warbler, first of spring for me, and forget all about everything except uncovering what I need to go on writing.

I will let you know how it works...

Thanks again to the Scottish Book Trust New Writer Award which is allowing me to go http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/ and more on Cove Park - open to all artists and writers for residencies - here http://covepark.org/

*And that is a proper week too - not a working week.

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