My Writing Vacation

The first story I wrote, that wasn’t in cartoon format, was a 3 page short story called the “big bad bully.”  I was eight-years-old. Since then, I’ve written tons of short stories, poems, plays. Each year or two I start a new idea for a novel.  However, I never finalize any of them.  I start them and then they disappear in to some magical room of forgotten ideas.  Admittedly, some of my stories and poems are horrible (most probably are!), but there are some, I think, that could have potential if I only put the time into editing and revising them. I’ve never tried to get published because I know nothing I’ve written is at that polished stage.

If I had the time, I would set aside a couple hours a day to write fiction and poetry. Actually, I have a story that I started a couple years ago and I work sporadically on it; however, whenever I start working on it I feel guilty that I am not working on school work, not cleaning, not spending time with a friend I haven’t seen in a while or not doing something else. So I stop and do something else…something more “productive.”

One day, in the not so distant future, I dream about having a little house by a lake where I can write a novel. I picture myself sitting outside on a dock with a glass of ice-tea and my laptop.  That said, if I could, I would love to take a writing vacation or retreat to such a location.  I would escape for a week or two with a few friends who are also working on some writing. Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to take a week’s vacation like that in the near future, but a girl can dream.

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  • Nicole Wittenburg says:


    I have the same reason for not working on my novel–guilt. I always feel like I should be doing something more productive, and I just cannot justify working on something other than school work. I know you said you don’t have the time in the near future for a vacation, but my aunt actually just went to a writer’s retreat in Arizona last week, and wrote a whole book. The retreats are run by Tom Bird…I’ll have to tell you more about it!

  • Janet Dengel says:

    It’s so funny how writers always think their words will flow if they are removed from society–by a lake or ocean. I think it’s a romantic notion, but I’ve done my best (or at least most) writing when my children were young with lots of noise, interruptions, AND inspiration. I’d love to go to that lake with you and read a stack of books, but I don’t know if I would actually write with so much quietude.


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