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Creating Your Personal Writing Retreat


It’s a commodity in these days of high-speed connections, hurry sickness, and dinner on the run.  We seldom think of it, but we need it to thrive. It’s jealously guarded by the few who find even a small piece of it. And it can restore your sanity, even change your life. What’s this amazing mystery substance?


When was the last time you unplugged for a day and took time for yourself? And I don’t refer to family time, although that’s important too. When did you last take time for you?

If you’re caught on a merry-go-round of speaking, networking, marketing and promoting you can be hard pressed to squeeze in time for writing, let alone for anything else. But if you slave away, the very writing you love will turn into a grind. And drawing endlessly from your well of inspiration eventually leaves you dry.

Just do it. Take time to breathe, to think, to be.  You can adopt my suggestions, below, or brainstorm to find ideas that resonate with you.

In an hour, you can:

Linger over a cup of coffee with a book you read for pleasure.

  • Take a sunset stroll.
  • Write a journal entry.

In a day, you can:

  • Go for a hike.
  • Sit beside a lake and watch the wind on the water.
  • Take a drive to nowhere in particular and see where you wind up.

In a week, you can:

  • Go on a meditative retreat.
  • Revise your life goals.
  • Give yourself a fresh start.

I hope you will find a peaceful corner somewhere for a week, a day or an hour. Feed your soul. Listen to your thoughts. Drink deeply from the well of inspiration.

What are some ways you’d like to make time just for you?


Written by Janalyn Voigt

Janalyn Voigt

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I’m Janalyn Voigt, an author, speaker, and former social media mentor. DawnSinger and Wayfarer, the first two books in my epic fantasy series, Tales of Faeraven, released with Pelican Book Group and will be followed by at least two more installments. I’m also working on a romantic suspense novel set in an Irish castle, but then historical fiction has a grip on me too. Being unabashedly multi-genre makes me into what some might term a reluctant rebel, but I prefer to think of myself as a storyteller.

11 thoughts on “Creating Your Personal Writing Retreat”

  1. I found out I can go into town to the library – four miles is all – and they have just rebuilt the library over the last year – it has a HISTORY ROOM – it’s perfect – it has a door on it – quiet, peaceful and I can even have capped drinks in there – I spend the two days a week they have hours from 10-7:30 and they even lock the door while I go to lunch in the park across the street (I brown bag those) it’s been such a refreshing.
    The squirrels and bunnies play outside the huge window in the HISTORY ROOM and the park offers the Spring beauty of new birds coming north as well as flowers and flowering bushes and trees – I’ve written more fresh novel words in six days than I have since the St Louis Conference – PRAISE GOD FOR RETREAT SPOTS!
    Super post, Janalyn!

  2. I am sitting in total quiet right now and fully appreciating it. It truly is a blessing to have and I enjoy it every morning before the kids get up.

  3. I love taking mini holidays. Early morning watching the sunrise as I write in my journal, sitting by the lake (sigh. I am so waiting for spring.) A visit to a quilt store or a flower shop to soak in colors and scents also works. Thanks for the reminder.

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