Continuing my report of my writing retreat cruise (read #1 here).
Obviously the purpose of the cruise was to write. We’d wanted to do a retreat where none of us had to spend a lot of time shopping, cooking, cleaning… you know how it goes. We worked out a cruise was the best option.
Everything on the cruise is done for you – plus if you get a deal like we did it’s very economical, with the added bonus you get to travel to new places. But how did it go for writing?
Brilliantly! It took a couple of days to find the best place for me to work – we all found different places worked for us. But essentially my writing days were all the same. I’d go to brekky at 7am when it opened. After brekky I’d start writing – or in my case, editing (I started the cruise with a completed draft manuscript).
For me, the best place to edit turned out to be the back of the buffet dining room. The tables were a good height, lots of glass to look outside, power points and an endless supply of tea 🙂
I’d work most of the day until about 4.30pm when I’d pack up to get ready for dinner. During that time I’d take breaks as needed.
During the cruise I edited close to 200 pages of writing, so I think it was a success.
The thing about our cruise was we had terrible weather on all but one day (more on this in a later post). This meant nearly all outside activities were cancelled or closed. Indoor space became a premium. As a result, many of the inside areas which would normally have been very quiet – not so much. Maybe if I’d been trying to write new words it might have been a little more difficult. Not sure.
My verdict: I will definitely do a writing retreat cruise again!