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My Personal Writing Retreat: Before, During, and After
by Jillian Kent
I walked up and down a long beautiful road every evening, thinking about very little after spending most of the day writing and knowing the evening would be spent writing as well. There were horses and deer everywhere.
I wasn't sure what to expect since I'd never been to this retreat center. I've never been to any retreat center to stay more than one day. A trusted friend suggested I try it. I stayed an entire week at Potter's Ranch.
My cabin was awesome. I brought snacks and breakfast food with me and joined the staff and other guests for lunch and dinner every day at the lodge. There was no television channels but I could watch DVDs. The only thing I brought with me was season one of Downton Abbey. I watched the entire season again but only after I'd met my necessary quota of words for the
|One of the horses at Potter's Ranch|
- To finish the book.
- To eliminate distractions
- To get away from my typical routine.
- Spent more time in prayer.
- Found my focus.
- Accomplished what I set out to do.
- What success means to me.
- How to hang on to my peace.
- How to unplug and enjoy.
I recently had to give up my home office when one of my children moved back home. So now my desk is in the dining room! I bought a room divider and headset for my music. So even in a crowded house I can still have my personal space.
Now that I've had my retreat I'm looking for ways to keep retreat alive in my daily life. What about you? Have you enjoyed a personal retreat of some kind? What did you learn? How and where do you get your writing done most of the time? What are your challenges?
Jillian Kent is a full-time counselor for nursing students and holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from West Virginia University. Her third book in The Ravensmoore Chronicle Series, Mystery of the Heart, releases in January 2013. She’s fascinated with human behavior, how the mind works, and why we do the things we do. Jillian resides in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband of 31 years, her 87-year-old mother, and an adult daughter who is an animal advocate, which is why there are four cats and a dog in the house as well. Her youngest daughter is working in the mission field.
You Can Find Jillian At:
http://www.amazon.com/Jillian-Kent/e/B004IC9TLM/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0 Amazon Author Page
http://www.christianfictiononlinemagazine.com/brilliant.html The Well Writer/Christian Fiction On-line Magazine
http://justthewritecharisma.blogspot.com/ Realms Authors
http://www.rachellegardner.com/ Jill's agent Rachelle Gardner’s blog.