Getting Away


The past few weeks have been full. End-of-the-school-year, hustle-and-bustle-of-summer, answer emails, market books, clean-clean-clean.

I’m not going to lie. The writing suffered. And when the writing suffers, the inner voice screams. And when the inner voice screams…well…I feel like I’m faking this whole I’m-a-writer thing.

So, I got away. Grabbed my yellow legal pads and purple pens and first draft and took off to a cottage on Lake Michigan.

And. I. Wrote.

A lot of the time I scribbled away on my manuscript to the sounds of a ticking clock, coffee pot brewing, and the waves of the Big Lake.

The writing thrived. I figured out connections between plot points (basically, a game of connect the dots between important events in the story). I worked out some characterization issues (who are these pretend people???). I tightened prose (fixed up the words). And I grew a deeper love for this story.


I remembered that I love this job. I love this story. And I really do love my characters (yes, even the bad guy).

It’s amazing what a little sun and waves will do for a girl.

What would you do if you could get away for the weekend? Who would you take? Where would you go? Have you ever had an amazing get-away? I love to hear from you!


8 Comments on “Getting Away

  1. One of my favorite places to be, and you had a beautiful weekend to be out there! Glad you got a lot done!!! Retreats are amazing!


    • I didn’t see any. That happens more in the fall. 🙂 But there were ants in my pants. Literally. I was sitting on an ant hill. They weren’t amused.


  2. Some time, you should teach the rest of us mortals how to edit and enjoy it. I have tried once or twice, but it is difficult not to throw the whole thing out. 😀


    • Oooo, I’m immortal now? Fabulous. 🙂

      You know, I had to acquire a love for it. I’ll have to bloggy blog about it, I guess.

      And if you throw the whole thing out, I’ll find you and give you a severe scowl. Don’t think I won’t.


  3. Wow. Sounds amazing. I need to do this! I am living the busy life right now. Though my “getting away” might be staying up writing late friday night/ Saturday morning,I’m hoping for a weekend like this soon. Keeping going Susie, you inspire us all!


    • Bob, It was amazing. The thing that really amazes me, though, is that I’m still riding the wave of momentum. Weekends like that are a restart for me. But so are the late night Friday/Saturday morning sessions.


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