- Series: The Five Day Writer (Book 1)
- Paperback: 166 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 9, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1490460853
- ISBN-13: 978-1490460857
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,421,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Five Day Writer's Retreat: Preparing You for a Lifestyle of Writing (Volume 1)
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About the Author
After spending almost a decade honing my writing skills in academia, I knew that I loved the act of composition. However, it wasn't until I was able to tutor tertiary creative writing as well as academic writing that I realised where my real love was. I finished the first draft of my first novel, a YA Christian supernatural in early 2012. But where to go from there? I had so many ideas that I wanted to try out that I didn't want to settle in just one genre. So in June 2012 I accepted the challenge to try to write 100 first drafts in 5 years, or a draft every 2 weeks. Since then I've had some successful drafts and some not so successful ones. I've had to take a break while I went back to work full time for a few months, and also put new drafts on hold while I polished and published old drafts. But overall, I've had an amazingly fun time. I know that I've broken one of the fundamental rules of building an audience; write in the same genre. However, as my drafts come to fruition, I can guarantee that each one will be a good read, even if it's different every time. So why not explore the world of 100 First Drafts?
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Five Day Writer's Retreat. Greentree's attitude towards writing is infectious, and she presents the information in a practical, no-nonsense, "you can do it" manner. Not long after starting to read it, I could feel a sense of purpose and enthusiasm well up inside me.
Greentree arranges the content following the routine of a typical day at a spa or retreat - hence the title. Each day there are different sections to read through.
In the morning there's:
* A Tai Chi for the Mind writing exercise;
* A Food for Thought section.
In the afternoon there's:
* A Therapy section, which examines issues writers commonly struggle with and provides some suggestions on how to overcome them;
* A Writer's Lifestyle Review which studies a famous writer and his or her writing process.
And in the evening there's:
* The Bedtime Preparation which focuses on the following day's writing goals and activities.
There is so much information contained in this book that this review couldn't begin to do it justice, but Greentree looks as topics such as
* goal setting (Indiana Jones style!);
* the health of wellbeing of a writer;
* willpower and how to make it work for you;
* prioritising life values so that we can balance them with our writing activities;
* forming habits;
* creating flow;
* the advantages and disadvantages of being a writer (a very funny section in itself);
* identifying which fears relate to which aspect of a writer's persona and how to deal with them; and
* Writing as Workship. (What I particularly liked about this section is that although Greentree's faith is a very important part of her life, she doesn't for a moment ram religion down our throats. Instead she asks us what worship looks like already in our lives - and supporting your footie team is considered worship! - and suggests we bring the same level of desire to our writing.
I have read a tonne of information in this ebook that I have not seen elsewhere, and certainly not within the pages of a writing craft guidebook.
Sometimes Greentree suggests exercises that she doesn't find useful in her own process, "but may work for you", which is fantastic. This is not a book about how Greentree writes and what works for her; it's a book that helps the reader to discover the writing process within themselves. And for everyone it looks different.
My only criticism - and I must admit it may be as a result of my (flawed) beliefs - is that a few of the exercises and suggestions in this book are geared more towards those who either have no children yet or whose children are old enough to be left safely to their own devices while their parent writes.
Despite this, I loved the ebook. Greentree draws on a wide variety of sources and puts their wisdom into perspective for the modern writer. There are lots of original ideas and new information here to feast upon, with plenty of exercises and suggestions to try out. Each section is short, succinct - perfect for ebook format. The topics covered are well-explained and concise, and all written in conversational style with an empathic but professional attitude.
It was an absolute pleasure to read and it's a keeper on my ereader's virtual writing resources shelf.
If you're a novice writer and the sort of person who likes the idea of going on retreat to some old B&B to learn things intensively, then this book is for you. With a bit of tinkering, Greentree could take her guide and run actual five day workshops from it.