How I FINALLY Wrote My Book! Ask Me Anything...

Kelly Hayes-Raitt
Jun 13, 2018

Although I've been a successful writer who's been published in several anthologies, literary journals and newspapers, I procrastinated for ages about writing my book.  Are you like me?

  • Do you have a great book inside you that is (still) dying to come out? 
  • Are you midway through writing your book, but stuck on how to finish it?
  • Do you promise yourself every day that you will start writing tomorrow?
  • Have you found it impossible to find the time and quiet space to sit down and write?
  • Does your inner critic keep you from expressing your message?

I finally expelled my limiting beliefs and incorporated some great new habits...and now How to become a Housesitter:  Insider Tips from the HouseSit Diva is out!  (...available on Amazon amzn.to/2hlj7UP or my web site www.HouseSitDiva.com)  Ask Me Anything!

I want you to have the same success!  Jump Start Your Book!  Join me in the south of France in August for a personal, unique writing retreat. 

This is a unique writing retreat during which your personal needs, blocks and goals will be addressed, discussed, released and supported for 7 full days.  You will leave with a book you’ve made major progress on and are eager to finish and share with the world!

This unique, personal and exclusive writing retreat is for you if…

  • You have a book idea but are having trouble getting started.  I'll work with you one-on-one to outline your book, develop your unique voice and chapter structure, and keep you accountable to reach your writing goals.  After 7 days, you’ll leave with a completed outline and beginning chapters!
  • You’ve dived into your book, but are stuck.  I'll work with you one-on-one to edit and rework the outline to get you home!  You’ll leave with an invigorated manuscript and desire to finish your book.
  • You long for individual help in an intimate setting: This retreat is limited to only 6 people!

Join me by RSVPing here:  https://nakeddragon.co.uk/events/retreats/jumpstart-your-book-writing-retreat/I overcame my "writing blocks"...and you can, too!  Ask Me Anything....

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Is there anything that gets in the way of your writing time or process?
Jun 18, 8:17PM EDT0

Yes, all the excuses rolling around in my head:  "I have no time/space/privacy/money/[insert other excuse here]."  That's what I hope we can bust through during this retreat!

Come join us!  https://nakeddragon.co.uk/events/retreats/jumpstart-your-book-writing-retreat/  We'd love to work with you!

If you have further questions, please feel free to contact me personally at Kelly@LivingLargeInLimbo.com.  Thanks!

Jun 20, 5:06PM EDT0
What is it that writing gives you that you can’t get from anything else?
Jun 18, 6:18PM EDT0

I love communicating with people!

Jun 18, 6:28PM EDT0
What were the different things that caused you to either procrastinate or become creatively blocked when writing?
Jun 15, 9:10AM EDT0

I think it's important for writers and other creative types to ask themselves this question!  We all hear those little voices in our heads  that plant seeds of doubt.  It helps me to air those messages and release them, so I can focus on my work!

Come join us!  https://nakeddragon.co.uk/events/retreats/jumpstart-your-book-writing-retreat/  We'd love to work with you!

If you have further questions, please feel free to contact me personally at Kelly@LivingLargeInLimbo.com.  Thanks!

Jun 15, 9:40AM EDT0
What types of coaches will be available at the retreat?
Jun 15, 6:39AM EDT0

You'll be working with me!  To learn more about me and why I created this retreat, check out this 1-minute video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XTvWtIpRr4

Come join us!  https://nakeddragon.co.uk/events/retreats/jumpstart-your-book-writing-retreat/  We'd love to work with you!

If you have further questions, please feel free to contact me personally at Kelly@LivingLargeInLimbo.com.  Thanks!

Jun 15, 9:05AM EDT0
In what way does your retreat impose lifestyle changes in order for writers to be more productive?
Jun 15, 4:29AM EDT0

We hope we won't be "imposing" anything on anyone, but gently creating an opportunity for focused work on your specific project.  We will be discussing some techniques for incorporating more writing into your daily life, and I'll follow up with each participant after the retreat to see how you are progressing.

Come join us!  https://nakeddragon.co.uk/events/retreats/jumpstart-your-book-writing-retreat/  We'd love to work with you!

If you have further questions, please feel free to contact me personally at Kelly@LivingLargeInLimbo.com.  Thanks!

Jun 15, 9:03AM EDT0
How should an author overcome the distraction of daily life in order to focus on the material?
Jun 14, 4:49PM EDT0

Well, that's why retreats are so great...It's a chance to "unplug" from daily life and give yourself some focused time and energy to move your project forward.  Unlike other retreats, however, ours comes with some accountability and one-on-one help to achieve your specific goals!

Come join us!  https://nakeddragon.co.uk/events/retreats/jumpstart-your-book-writing-retreat/  We'd love to work with you!

If you have further questions, please feel free to contact me personally at Kelly@LivingLargeInLimbo.com.  Thanks!

Jun 15, 9:01AM EDT0
Is there Internet service in the location chosen for the retreat? How far away are you from basic services or hospitals in case of an emergency?
Jun 14, 10:44AM EDT0

Yes, there's wifi!  I'd be lost without it!The retreat centre is situated between Foix and St Girons, close to Bastide de Serou, in a hamlet called Nescus. Toulouse is 1 hour 20 minutes away, and Barcelona is just under 4 hours by car.

Come join us!  https://nakeddragon.co.uk/events/retreats/jumpstart-your-book-writing-retreat/  We'd love to work with you!

If you have further questions, please feel free to contact me personally at Kelly@LivingLargeInLimbo.com.  Thanks!

Jun 15, 8:59AM EDT0
How long is the retreat? How much does it cost?
Jun 13, 8:44PM EDT0

The retreat is a week, and the early bird cost is £695.  Book here: https://nakeddragon.co.uk/events/retreats/jumpstart-your-book-writing-retreat/  We'd love to work with you!

If you have further questions, please feel free to contact me personally at Kelly@LivingLargeInLimbo.com.  Thanks!

Jun 14, 9:52AM EDT0
Why are you limiting your retreat to eight people only? How will the attendees benefit from being in a small group?
Jun 13, 6:18PM EDT0

Actually, it's limited to 6 writers.  We are eager to help writers one-on-one.  Each writer will have an opportunity to work with me every day to work through his or her specific writing conundrum.  I'll be on-hand to read and edit specific work:  I'll look at narative arc, character development, consistency, etc.

Come join us!

If you have further questions, please feel free to contact me personally at Kelly@LivingLargeInLimbo.com.  Thanks!

Jun 14, 9:50AM EDT0
What techniques do you incorporate in the retreat to foster a creative mindset and inspire writers to overcome blocks?
Jun 13, 5:24PM EDT0

We'll be doing a lot of specific goal-setting for accountability, some spiritual techniques (like meditation) to overcome blocks, and practical one-on-one editing (or whatever you specifically need) to reinspire you about your book.

If you have further questions, please feel free to contact me personally at Kelly@LivingLargeInLimbo.com.  Thanks!

Jun 14, 9:47AM EDT0
How advanced do the writers’ work need to be so you can guide them best with their needs?
Jun 13, 3:25PM EDT0

That's a good question.  You don't need to be an "advanced" or "beginner" writer.  Every writer runs into snags at some point, and the retreat is to help writers get through those snags.

If you have further questions, please feel free to contact me personally at Kelly@LivingLargeInLimbo.com.  Thanks!

Jun 14, 9:45AM EDT0
What kind of writers will benefit from attending the retreat?
Jun 13, 3:22PM EDT0

Any writer who has a book s/he is having trouble starting or finishing.  We're eager to work with people who have specific projects they'd like to jump-start!

If you have further questions, please feel free to contact me personally at Kelly@LivingLargeInLimbo.com.  Thanks!

Jun 14, 9:44AM EDT0
What skills or abilities will the writers gain during the retreat?
Jun 13, 10:37AM EDT0

Removing "writer's block," getting one-on-one help to overcome your specific writing conundrum, and being held accountable so you leave super-charged to finish your book!

If you have further questions, please feel free to contact me personally at Kelly@LivingLargeInLimbo.com.  Thanks!

Jun 13, 1:55PM EDT0
How is your retreat different from other retreats? What makes yours unique?
Jun 13, 9:32AM EDT0

This is not a cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all retreat with generic presentations of information that you might never implement. This is not a huge conference where you’ll collect dozens of business cards that will get dusty in your desk drawer. This is not a workshop focused on writing prompts that have nothing to do with your book project.

This is a unique writing retreat during which your personal needs, blocks and goals will be addressed, discussed, released and supported for 7 full days.  You will leave with a book you’ve made major progress on and are eager to finish and share with the world!

If you have further questions, please feel free to contact me personally at Kelly@LivingLargeInLimbo.com.  Thanks!

Jun 13, 1:54PM EDT0
Who are the other writers or professionals in the industry that will be assisting you and why did you choose them?
Jun 13, 6:52AM EDT0

Julie Bryant, a marketing whiz who will lead a master class on how to market your book during the retreat, is organizing all the details.  She's helped 100s of authors hold successful and stimulating events!

If you have further questions, please feel free to contact me personally at Kelly@LivingLargeInLimbo.com.  Thanks!

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Jun 13, 1:53PM EDT0
What sort of activities will take place during the retreat and how did you go about organising these activities?
Jun 13, 12:41AM EDT0

Most days will begin with a brief session to create specific, personal goals and meditations that release any blocks to achieving those goals.  You will then be cut loose for 5 or 6 hours to write anywhere amidst the pastoral French countryside surrounding our farmhouse retreat:  In the fragrant gardens, by the refreshing swimming pool, or along any of the quiet footpaths.  We will reconvene in the early evening to evaluate how each person’s goals were met (or not).

Our emphasis is on accountability and support. Daily, you will have the opportunity meet with me to address your individual writing conundrums – structure, voice, continuity, direction, whatever is keeping you stuck.

In the evenings, you and your fellow writers will have a chance to talk about your book so the group can brainstorm ideas and support your completing, publishing and marketing your new book!

If you have further questions, please feel free to contact me personally at Kelly@LivingLargeInLimbo.com.  Thanks!

Jun 13, 1:52PM EDT0
How many people will be admitted to the retreat? What is the selection process?
Jun 12, 10:17PM EDT0

As above:  This retreat is limited to only 6 people!

Once you make your deposit (refundable to those not chosen to participate), you'll be sent a short questionnaire for you to describe your project and your goals.  If I feel that I can help -- and we still have space -- you're in!  But I don't want anyone to come if I honestly don't feel like I have something to offer.  Your success is my success!

If you have further questions, please feel free to contact me personally at Kelly@LivingLargeInLimbo.com.  Thanks!

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Jun 13, 1:51PM EDT0
Are you solely focused on helping writers with specific processes? Why?
Jun 12, 8:18PM EDT0

Yes, we will be helping a maximum of 6 writers with their book projects.

If you have further questions, please feel free to contact me personally at Kelly@LivingLargeInLimbo.com.  Thanks!

Jun 13, 1:48PM EDT0
What type of schedule will the retreat run on and how flexible is the participation in the activities and workshops that will be held?
Jun 12, 6:52PM EDT0

Most days will begin with a brief session to create specific, personal goals and meditations that release any blocks to achieving those goals.  You will then be cut loose for 5 or 6 hours to write anywhere amidst the pastoral French countryside surrounding our farmhouse retreat:  In the fragrant gardens, by the refreshing swimming pool, or along any of the quiet footpaths.  We will reconvene in the early evening to evaluate how each person’s goals were met (or not).

Our emphasis is on accountability and support. Daily, you will have the opportunity meet with me to address your individual writing conundrums – structure, voice, continuity, direction, whatever is keeping you stuck.

In the evenings, you and your fellow writers will have a chance to talk about your book so the group can brainstorm ideas and support your completing, publishing and marketing your new book!

If you have further questions, please feel free to contact me personally at Kelly@LivingLargeInLimbo.com.  Thanks!

Jun 13, 1:48PM EDT0
Have you attended writing retreats during your career? How did they help you?
Jun 12, 4:37PM EDT0

Kristen, I have attended several writing retreats.  Mostly, they were about writing to prompts that had nothing to do with my writing project or were so overwhelming with workshops and people that I left with a bunch of notes and business cards I never followed up on. 

Don't get me wrong:  Writing under any circumstances is good, meeting people is good, absorbing new information is good.  But these retreats didn't help me with my project, my problems, my blocks.

This video explains why I created this retreat:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XTvWtIpRr4.Hope you can join us!  If you have further questions, please feel free to contact me personally at Kelly@LivingLargeInLimbo.com.  Thanks!

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Jun 12, 8:24PM EDT0