How to Choose the Right Accomodation for a Writing Retreat

Posted on: 14 October 2016

Are you desperate to write but can't find enough hours in the day? A writing retreat is the perfect solution. Planning a week away that you will dedicate completely to writing will result in a massive increase in productivity and is much more enjoyable than sitting at home in front of your laptop. A change in surroundings can provide some much-needed inspiration for creative writing projects while a quiet, distraction-free environment will increase concentration. Whether you're writing a novel, play, short story or film, the tips below will help you to pick the perfect accommodation for your writing retreat.

Stay close to local writing resources

Writing is often seen as a very solo pursuit, but that doesn't have to be the case. Before you settle on where to stay, check for writing groups and events in the local area. Even if you're already part of a writing group at home, you could gain some valuable new insight from other groups and even meet potential collaborators. Events like book signings and poetry readings can provide some great inspiration and will break up the monotony of constantly writing in your hotel room. If there's a particular venue that puts on a lot of events, book a room close by — that way you won't waste any precious writing time on travel.

Choose somewhere without distractions

While it's important to take a break from time to time, you should make sure you don't forget the main purpose of your trip: writing. Don't choose a location that's full of places you want to visit, wild attractions and exciting events because the chances are that your writing retreat will turn into a regular vacation. That might be fun for a while, but you'll feel terrible when you return home realising you've hardly written at all. Pick accommodation with enough to keep you occupied without being too distracting. A hotel with a pool for the occasional swim or a cabin with beautiful grounds for a refreshing walk could be perfect.

Ask about noise levels

When booking your accommodation be sure to ask about the level of noise that you're likely to hear during the day and night. In hotels you might be able book a room that's further away from others or away from a noisy main road. In private accommodation, like a rented flat or house, you could be given advice on which room is quietest at different times of day. Not all noise is necessarily bad, and you know how you work best. Some people prefer complete silence while others feel much more at ease with the gentle hum of traffic, the chirping of birds or chatter of other guests nearby. If you enjoy natural sounds while you work, try booking accommodation on a farm or in a remote part of the countryside.