We’re talking a weekend here–not enough time to write an entire novel, but certainly enough to write an outline or a proposal or any number of smaller projects attached to writing a full-length book. We’re also talking cheap: Alicia suggests several ways to keep costs nil to minimal.
The point is to get something done, not to spend a lot of either time or money.
Another great thing about this little e-book is its adaptability. I used several of its ideas over the course of a week (not just a weekend) as I was mapping out the characters and plot of my next novel. And I could envision non-writers–artists, musicians, crafters, photographers?–using it to kick-start their next project as well.
About this book: (from the author) DIY Writing Retreat is a guide to making time and space for you to do exactly one thing: write. With step-by-step instructions to planning and running your own escape, DIY Writing Retreat will show you how to schedule time for your retreat, find a cabin or cabin-equivalent to stay in, and separate yourself from the rest of the world. Then, it will guide you through the entire retreat, from writing prompts to relaxing activities.
Time to write alternates with fun activities that will energize you and keep you going. A worksheet guides you to reflect on your writing process and set goals for when you return home. There are even (super easy) recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
About the author: Alicia de los Reyes lives in Seattle with her husband and cat. She writes both fiction and non-fiction and has an MFA from the University of New Hampshire. Readers can connect with her online at her website, aliciadelosreyes.com.
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BTW, Alicia is also the author of another DIY, which I featured about a year ago. DIY Chick Lit: A Writing Guide (with its new cover revealed here) is one of the most succinct how-to’s for writers I’ve come across. I said this about it in last year’s review (a quote I was pleased to find on Alicia’s blog):
“The beauty of this book is its super-tight focus: How to write chick lit in 30 minutes a day. Not: how to write a thriller or mystery or YA (though this is so well done that aspiring novelists of almost any genre would find much to learn). Not: how to publish your chick lit novel (though if you follow de los Reyes advice, publication would stand a much better chance). Not: how to quit your day job in order to devote every waking hour to the writing of your novel. No, de los Reyes makes achieving this particular dream imminently do-able. Gotta love that.”
Yep. And it’s worth mentioning again in case you’re as aspiring writer who might like to pair both her books at once: a focused retreat to start you off, and then a writer’s guide to keep you on the path thereafter.
Alicia has graciously offered a giveaway of both these e-books to one lucky reader. If you’re not a writer yourself, I’ll bet you know someone (niece, daughter, friend?) who is. In that case, we’ll find a way for you to gift these books to them. Seriously, I can’t think of a better way for an aspiring writer to start off the year. So leave a comment today for your chance to win.
Thanks to Alicia de los Reyes for providing me free copy of her books to review. All opinions are mine.