As a writer you have to have the three D’s: drive, discipline and desire. If you’re missing any one of those three, you can have all the talent in the world, but it’s going to be really hard to get anything done.Nora Roberts
An author at a Writers forum asked the question whether to attend a writing retreat alone or with a group. Intrigued I dived in. Here are top responses as authors chimed in with their preferences.
- A combination. Alone at first to get some writing done, then others can join after to chill
- Always with at least one person, Would never travel anywhere alone
- Either. Done it
- I like both. But prefer to have a couple of other writers. That way there is someone to talk over plot points and such with.
- Would probably accomplish more alone, but a group is nice too
- I have done both. You can also go to the location (Tennessee Williams Writers Festival in New Orleans) with non writer friends who will go off sightseeing and leave you blissfully on your own to attend master classes, panel discussions and book signings. But bring your new writer friends with you to dinner so you have something satisfying and intelligent to talk about.
- Both could be fun
- Alone but towards the end I want to meet up with a friend for dinner
- Writing retreats are so fun with a friend, but the point as in writing is not to have fun, but to be productive. Learn, write, make a few new friends after hours but you are there to write.
I think point 10 sums it all up. Writing is indeed fun but the point of writing is to be productive. Personally, I believe writers write alone but after compile the pieces and celebrate together.
As a writer, what’s your preference? Do share. We would love to hear.