When my host invited me to Spain to do a writers retreat together, I did not even know where in Spain she lived. It was definitely an Unexpected Blessing. What I knew was that my family’s move to Holland, arrival the week of school orientation, and busy schedule for my four sons and the settling into a new country had slowed my own writing to the pace of an inch worm–my own special form of writer’s block. Edits for others and publishing work were squeezed in here and there and even blogging about life as an expat in the Netherlands fit occasionally, but solid time where I was able to focus inward, to release my own creative impulses through written words were few and far between.
I refuse to let this year slip by without finishing the third novel in my series. The writers retreat is the time away from all other responsibilities to breathe life across the embers of characters, plots, and imagination. Although I did not finish the novel on my work-a-tion, the climactic scene came to me sitting on the balcony overlooking a Mediterranean bay on my first trip to Spain. Beyond the distractions of beautiful locale, walled-city market, sumptuous victuals, the writing is the thing.
Famous writers often mention how reading and writing dovetail. The only reading I brought was my own books, 2 novels and one novella re-read cover to cover, immersing myself in the world I created with the characters I was missing. Perhaps in a lack-luster environment I could have accomplished more, but what I got done was very satisfying.
Thank you dear friend for opening your home to me, talking writing every day, luring me out in the sun as needed, and being the ever gracious host and friend. Here’s to you and 23K+ words in seven days. And thanks to my husband who took the time off to spend with the children and encourages me in every way.
Writing would never be the thing without the people who make it possible.
Grateful. Every. Single. Day.
Kristin King is an army wife, mother of 4 sons, author, publisher, president of a nonprofit, and American expat living in Holland. Her first series, Begotten Bloods (BB), is paranormal romance.
Unsinkable Vampire (BB .5)
Cain’s Coven (BB 1)
Death Taint (BB 2)
Works in Progress: Blood Siren (BB 3) and Christmas Consort (BB 3.5)