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Writing holidays: Recharge, refresh, retreat

Research and preparation will ensure you get as much from your writing retreat or holiday says Julie Hall

Attending my first writing retreat recently got me thinking about the reasons why it had been (largely) a successful venture. My conclusion was that it was partly due to my research but also pure luck, so I will be bearing these points in mind in future, and thought you could benefit from them too.

• Pick your venue carefully

If you know you are the sort of person who would easily get distracted by nearby shops and craft cafés, then pick a retreat – as I did – in the middle of the countryside, where your nearest neighbours are a long, hilly walk away, and the only other inhabitants you can see out of your window have four legs. Alternatively, if such a quiet, rural place would drive you insane, pick somewhere more lively by all means (remembering, of course, that most writing retreats are designed to give you peace and quiet in which to write!)

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