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How to Set Yourself Up for Success at Your Writing Residency

This guide is meant for writers who are dreaming of getting away to write—and addresses the anxiety many of us feel when we finally get that treasured chunk of time.

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Allow some time to ease in:

Set intentions and define your goals:howBarn at Boyds Mills

This photograph is a picture of the index card on which Nancy wrote her intentions for the week. They include: "I am giving my work the time and focus it deserves. I will read and write and think as quickly or slowly as I want. I am here for the writing. Everything else can wait. WRITE FIRST."
Photograph courtesy of the author

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Establish a rhythm for your residency:

Closing it out: