Books & Such Agency, of which my agent, Rachelle Gardner, is a part. I can't recall another writing "conference" from which I came back so refreshed. That's not to say that the trip wasn't without some hiccups--such as the return flight from San Francisco during which our plane dropped like a rock when it hit turbulence. But, all in all, it was great.
Writers, like everyone else, need time to step back and take a look at where they're going. At the retreat, we were encouraged to list five things--five "dreams," if you will--and then think about how to achieve them and what it would mean if we could. I may never achieve mine (one writer's dream included ownership of the Seattle Seahawks), but it did help to slow down and plot my course.
And, speaking of plotting, on the drive to the resort Kay helped me get started on the plot of my next book. That one won't be out for almost two years, so I think I've got time to fine tune it.
Have you ever stepped aside and taken time to dream? Results? Recommendations? Let us hear from you.