Writers’ Retreat – The Return Visit

2 Dec

Two years ago I took the long road up the A9 to the Writers’ Retreat at Moniack Mhor. In two days time I’m away there again. The Retreat is pretty much in the middle of nowhere and a city girl like me got a bit stir crazy after a few…hours, but I’m really looking forward to going again. I’m heading off with eight other writers (I think that was the final count) from the G2 Writers’ Group and we plan to do lots of writing during the day, and a little drinking at night.

The prospect of having 4 days with nothing to do other than read and write is really exciting, as my life hasn’t got any quieter, and my writing is still being squeezed into little spaces of time – very often in sports clubs’ cafes. It will be wonderful though to have a good chunk of time with my new novel and be able to really get my head around what I’m trying to achieve without also listening out to see if the washing machine has finished or answering the phone to yet another cold caller.

Before I go I need to pull the house into a little bit of shape so that the kids have clean clothes while I’m away. But also got to fit in another G2 meeting before we leave, along with reading about 6,000 words for it.

The view of snow capped mountains from Moniack Mhor, Invernesshire.

The view of snow capped mountains from Moniack Mhor, Invernesshire.

My messy monastic cell at Moniack Mhor.

My messy monastic cell at Moniack Mhor.

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