Mostly yes. The way I think about it is: If I had been here at home struggling with my manuscript, I would have gotten much, much less done.
Four days without internet was seriously pushing the boundaries…urg. Still, it takes away one enormous tool of the devil/procrastination. Unfortunately for my fellow writers, there’s a part of my brain that requires distraction whilst I write, and having no internet I took it out on them.
2-hour break for Jane Eyre, anyone?
Such a brilliant adaptation. And speaking of adaptations, am ridiculously excited about the 2011 film. Michael Fassbender as Rochester? Jamie Bell as St John?
Excuse me while I go scream into a pillow.
Where was I?
(This may give you more of an insight into how distracting I was to my fellow-writers than I intended…)
Halfway through my novel crisis, I remembered that I have a world-class mentor. After a seven minute phone conversation with Valerie/fairy godmother, in which she was as gracious and generous as ever, I had a solution.
My problem was trying to place my re-invented heroine into an existing scene, and get across where she’s at. “Why don’t you have her do something that shows us how she’s feeling?” Valerie asked.
“Oh,” I replied, things lighting up in my sluggish brain. “I just have them all sitting around, thinking.”
It’s Show Don’t Tell 101, but sometimes you just don’t have the distance to see it for yourself.
Another favourite thing from the retreat/junket/holiday (closely followed by dinner on a glad-wrapped table to save washing up):