Today’s #WWoW! A Change of Scenery

Writer's Words of WisdomA Smart & Savvy Group of Authors who write a weekly feature for their blog -Writer’s Words of Wisdom- each Wednesday. The goal is to impart what we’ve learned about writing, editing, getting published, book promotion, and more along the way.


View from Treasures Times, a Cabins For You retreat

View from Treasures Times, a Cabins For You retreat

When I lived in Georgia, I used to meet a writing friend at the local Starbucks to write and critique. We could have met at either of our homes, but we made it a point to not meet there in order to avoid the usual distractions. At first, I didn’t think the surrounding noise would work for me and I don’t even drink coffee! However, I tried it and was surprised. I was there to write. So write I did. We sometimes paused to brainstorm and plot, but I almost always came away energized about my story and writing again. Even the noise led me to concentrate on the words, on what really mattered – the story.

Last weekend, I took a trip to the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee with the express purpose of reconnecting with writers and my writing. We stayed at a lovely lodge/log cabin in Pigeon Forge. Treasured Times certainly lived up to its name. I do treasure the time I spent there, the conversations, the ideas, the quiet writing time with only the soft clack of working keyboards as background sounds.

For me, the change of scenery worked like a charm. I tend to get in a rut, sitting in the same place in my home. Sometimes, that translates to checking e-mail and social media first, rather than writing. Getting away, putting an emphasis on writing, or just putting yourself in a situation where distractions are few and writing is the goal can be wonderfully freeing for the mind. Try it. I think you’ll see it works for you.


Another view from Treasures Times, a Cabins For You retreat

Snow coming down at Treasures Times, a Cabins For You retreat

Please check out the other authors participating in this week’s WWoW! and learn from them too.
Lacey Wolfe - Making time to write
Tammy Dennings Maggy – Avoiding the Diva Syndrome
Paloma Beck - Guests post WWow’s

About Carol Burnside / Annie Rayburn

Carol Burnside is an award-winning author of the Sweetwater Springs series of contemporary romance with serious sizzle. Her personal second-chance-at-love story resulted in a marriage to her high school sweetheart of thirty-plus years. Also published in short stories, Carol’s novel length manuscripts have placed in numerous contests and won five, including the prestigious Maggie Award for Excellence. Writing as Annie Rayburn, she produces soft sci-fi and lite paranormal erotic romances which have been favorably received. Talk about cross-genre! Enjoy excerpts, review snippits, and more about her sexy Crainesian characters here on her website or connect with her on
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3 Responses to Today’s #WWoW! A Change of Scenery

  1. Lacey Wolfe says:

    I love Pigeon Forge. Great area. We live in GA and try t get up that way every couple of years.

  2. Susan Carlisle says:

    Getting away always makes it easier to get writing done. So glad you had such a productive time.

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