It has been a while since I got to go to writer’s retreat. As much as I love events that focus on writing, retreats are my favorite.
A big part of it is that I get my own room. I know – it sounds trivial, doesn’t it? But I’m an introvert who works at home. I’m used to a certain amount of time without other people around. Workshops, conferences, and retreats are great for all the ideas and information that come my way, but they are also tough because of the amount of time I’m around other people.
But at this particular event participants get their own rooms. This means that I can go in my room and work without interruption. If I don’t care if someone interrupts me, I can prop my door open. There are also plenty of public places where you can situate yourself if you want to chat.
Pacing yourself is hugely important for an introvert at an event.
Other than that, I’d recommend that you take Judy Blume’s words of wisdom to heart. Most of us go to an event knowing that we need help with something specific. It might be the pacing of a manuscript or knowing how to approach an editor. Get the help you need but don’t forget to just listen. There is so much wisdom to be had if you poised to hear it.
And if you aren’t hearing what you need? Ask questions.
Pacing yourself doesn’t just mean spending time in your room. It also means interacting with your fellow participants. I’ve worked for Children’s Writer newsletter and RedLine Editorial because of connections that I made at writing events. Get to know people and you will have connections that can help you get your foot in the door.
Have a great weekend and next week I’ll share some of what I learn this weekend.