Girls Write Out
Monday, February 27, 2006
My creative side is shrinking. I blame it on my diet. It’s robbing me of my joyful self. Now, I ask you, how can I write lady lit without chocolate? Exactly. I’m thinking if I don’t get off this diet, it could ruin my career.

So help me out here. How can I rejuvenate my creativity (aside from chocolate)? I’ve heard of giving yourself a writer’s retreat, whether it’s for an hour, an afternoon, a day, or a weekend. Two things I know I want to take along are the book I’m reading (Fresh-Brewed Life) and my journal.

But where do I go? What else should I do?

Here’s where you come in. I thought maybe you might be able to come up with some ideas for me for an afternoon retreat. Now some of you with young children might suggest the bathroom. I can’t tell you how many times I hid out there when my children were young. Still, without a hefty helping of junk food, I just can’t get that excited about it anymore. Besides, the walls need washed, and it would stress me out to stare at them. Not to mention the fact that the seat isn’t necessarily conducive to hours of sitting.

So the bathroom’s out. My house doesn’t get me all that excited, either. And I already go to a coffee shop to work.

See? My creative juices are dry. I can’t think beyond the house and coffee shop. How about you, do you have any ideas?

Diann Hunt  
posted at 7:17 AM  
  Comments (14)
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At 8:00 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Might I recommend a cruise?

At 8:25 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Okay, Denise, that's just harsh.

At 8:27 AM, Blogger A NEW DAY said...

A curise would be nice Denise but on the practical side, I'd suggest a trip to the library. Ours has a small coffee shop, where you can sit and read. OR you could go to Borders bookstore, if one is near by... some of those have coffee shops and seats to read in... nice :)

At 9:50 AM, Blogger Chaos-Jamie said...

The weather here (Kansas) is supposed to be lovely today so I would go to a park and hope the wind won't blow me away. If your weather is crummy, maybe you should get out the ole space heater, crank it up to high, get out an oscellating fan, crank it on to medium, aim both at you. Put on some Caribbean music (steel drums is what I'm talking about) and some sunglasses. Aim a halogen lamp at yourself, sit in a lawn chair, read your book and pretend. Oh, and if you have one of those sound machines, turn it on to "waves."

Ahh, this is the life.

(Can you tell I live in a fantacy world here in land-locked Kansas?)

At 10:50 AM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

I vote for Jamie's idea. Just because it made me laugh :-)

At 11:26 AM, Blogger eileen said...

Do you have a Sonic drive in? I used to hide out there, sipping a slurpee and reading! No KIDS!!

At 12:38 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Jamie, that's hilarious! That's also what I call creative! LOL! But something tells me there's too much work involved there.

Eileen, no sonic drive-in here, but that sounds fun. :-)

I like all the suggestions! Keep 'em coming!

At 1:00 PM, Blogger Malia Spencer said...

Okay, I'm going to be harsh too, how about hopping a plane to visit me? ;) You'd get out of cold weather but it would be rainy so, next idea.

Umm...I used to love to get massages at my gym and then sit in the jacuzzi but massages are out of the budget now. Do you have access to a jacuzzi anywhere? Maybe a friend has one? I'd take my book, sit in there and bubble my troubles away. When I got out I was totally relaxed and my subconscious would start kicking things into my consciousness. That's when Starbucks across the parking lot came in handy. ;)

Or maybe you have a friend with a house that has a fantastic view that's inspiring? I have several friends and relatives who live in areas with views of Diamond Head. I went up to one friend's house a few weeks ago and surprise, surprise my character wanted to move in, write her project and me to write her in the book. She informed me that's her apartment. Too bad I can't get my friend to go on vacation so I can stay there. I bet I'd get a lot done. :)

Those are my $.02 for the day.

At 2:52 PM, Blogger Corina Bowen said...

hmmm. I use to go to the park and walk along the trails... very relaxing.... unless you take the wrong turn and 3 hrs later you are past the point of trying to backtrack and instead just listening for cars,people,etc.
Never mind that one....
Go to Barnes and Noble?? plop down in a overstuffed couch and read your little heart away?

At 10:10 PM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

Di, how about a good jog? ;)

Seriously, when I'm stuck, I walk or ride my bike, pray and talk to myself.

I KNOW you'll get those juices going!


At 10:20 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Thanks for all the great ideas! I have to say Malia wins the prize--or she would if there was one! LOL! Anyway, Hawaii gets my vote. ;-) Too bad I can't go there right now. Sigh. Still, maybe I'll combine Malia's suggestion with Jamie's, um, fan, music, space heater, sunglasses thing. . . . ;-)

At 12:25 AM, Blogger Malia Spencer said...

Ooo, a prize? Chocolate? Oh wait, I forgot we're both dieting. :( I've been junk food free, minus caffeine, (hating every minute) since last Monday.

I give up caffeine come spring break. Can't I have one decent vice left? Some day I'll find one again...

At 4:00 AM, Blogger Camy Tang said...

JUST GIVE IN!!! CHOCOLATE ISN'T SO BAD!!! Not as bad as french fries, which are my downfall.

And somebody needs to smack Denise for her cruise comment.

Because you just KNOW she's got a chocolate fountain there somewhere.

{At the thought, Camy has wild eyes and flyaway Einstein hair...or at least a good Bill the Cat impression.}

I'm serious. My chocolate life changed when I started sucking on dark chocolate instead of chewing it.


At 6:33 PM, Blogger Amy A. said...

I know I'm late, but here is what I would do. Go to the mall, try on nice makeup from the department store. Get a manicure. Buy a new candle. Go to Bath and Body works and take deep breaths; they have chocolate flavored lotions! Have a smoothie, look at magazines, listen to CD's. Oh, to live at the mall!


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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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