Sometimes you just need to run away from home.
That's what my co-writer, Genevieve Lynne, and I did a few weekends ago. Okay, we didn't exactly wrap all our stuff in a blanket, tie it to a stick, and start walking down the railroad tracks wearing overalls.
But we left husbands and kids to fend for themselves (with stocked pantries and a plethora of fast food options nearby) and headed to Austin!
All the way there, we talked and laughed. Mostly because we were listening to Patrick Hinds and Gillian Pensavalle of True Crime Obsessed review Madonna's Truth Or Dare.
We stayed at an adorable boutique hotel on Lake Travis with one enormous flaw.
We were on the third floor...with no elevator.
Expect a post soon about how plotting is like three flights of twisting, wooden steps.
I had an epiphany while wheezing like an asthmatic walrus.
But the view almost made it worth the climb...almost.
Outdoors and water are our secrets to fabulous plotting. We solved some serious book problems on that balcony.
The next day we spent the morning listening to Chuck Wendig talk about Characters as Architects. I picked up his book Damn Fine Story the next day—you can read my review of it here. Then we trekked back up the stairs and wrote. Well, wrote and napped. Again, this was about refueling. Sleep is a good way to do that!
Then we went to The Oasis (one of my favorite places in the entire world.)
We had a two-hour wait. So we took advantage of the shopping area, sat outside, and plotted some more.
I'm sure it wasn't the least bit disturbing to those around us to hear phrases like, "After the sheriff gets rid of the body, what does he do with the car?"
That's pretty common in places like Austin, right?
When we finally got to our table, I had one of these and all plotting productivity came to a halt.
The next day we made a quick stop at Book People (another place that I have great memories of) and drove back to our reality.
We didn't solve all the problems of our worlds. We didn't even solve all the problems in our book. But we took a break from everything that drains our creativity energy and took a chance to refuel.
And it was awesome!