February 17, 2024

My Experience at Writing Retreats and Hosting Writers

My Experience at Writing Retreats and Hosting Writers

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How Self-respect, Purity, Creativity and Love are the Keys to the Writing Journey

Writing in its pure form is the best way to record my experiences at writing retreats. All I have to do is to make room to express myself, and strive for honesty and purity – a word that is central to my journey of creativity. By creativity, I do not mean simply the construction of sentences, and the invention of novel events, meanings, turns and narrative structures, but also the construction of life itself. This is what I realized during one particular writing retreat.

I felt this throughout my stay, which was in the state of Tunisia, in the heart of its ancient capital city. This purity that I lived, did not come to me immediately. But I think, to some extent, I was carrying it with me. It needed special circumstances, like the conditions created on my trip, for it to declare itself.

When I say I was pure, I don’t intend this wording to carry any self-praise or glorification. It rather refers primarily to the feeling I had during the first days of the journey I had made to find serenity and dedicate myself to writing and completing my novel. I was pure and close to everything. I was close to people. I hardly knew anyone, but I felt I knew everyone. This impression filled me with happiness most of the time, and it overflowed onto the white spaces prepared for writing. So it was easy and soft, moving with me line by line, and page after page.

I hardly knew anyone, but I felt I knew everyone. This impression filled me with happiness most of the time.

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