Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Finishing The Book – The Power Of Retreat

Well, that's what I've been doing over the last while – and although the hustle and bustle of the 'market square', and the buzz of the cafe, can provide rich material for writing, in order to mould and shape inspiration into a book, especially the final, finishng stages, I find I need to retreat into a space where there is no interference with the creative signal.

So I thought I'd share a few images of the retreat where I've just completed the third novel in my The Wall Of Night series, Daughter Of Blood.

Where the river meets sea, and sky...

Braided river, a little further upstream:

And then there's the wildlife – these are grey shags, storm driven to congregate, although the post-storm day belies it:

And the mountains, rising out of the plain:

For me, being in this environment cleared the signal enough to finish a book. 

But how about you: what are your favorite environments, for retreat or other reasons: what makes you seek them out?


Bonnie said...

I like to sit out on my deck on a warm sunny day. I can't wait for summer.
Congrats on finishing the book!

Helen Lowe said...

Thank you, Bonnie -- & I agree, there's nothing quite like a sunny deck. And I would add, with a good book and a cool drink: perfect!

Paul Weimer said...

Mountains and waterfalls. That's the sort of terrain I want to go see. The majesty of the former, the power and peace of the latter.

Helen Lowe said...

Mountains and waterfalls we can promise you 'in abundance' Paul: we will get you here one day yet! :)

Kim Falconer said...

Helen, it's inspiring hearing about your writing retreat. Thank you.

For me, it's the sea . . . the Pacific ocean that has lulled me to sleep all my life. I'm listening to her right now.