At a Writer’s Colony

I’m excited to report that this month I’m trying something new in my writing career. For the rest of August I’ll be at a writing and art colony in upstate New York, focusing exclusively on my own writing projects. Some of my goals include finishing the novel editing and starting some new short stories that I’ve been kicking around my head for a while.

This does mean that posts will be a little slower around Writerly Life for a little while. I’ll try to send along updates when I can, but my focus is to really stay off the grid as much as possible for the next few weeks. I have no idea how I’ll react to this sort of writing environment — but that’s why it’s an experiment! I’m very excited to see how my writing proceeds when it’s the only thing on my plate.

Have you ever participated in a writer’s retreat or artist’s colony? If so, what do you recommend to get the most out of it? What are some of the dangers and pitfalls? Share your thoughts in the comments, and stay tuned to hear more thoughts on a writing colony.