The dishes in the sink, the laundry in the basket, the empty refrigerator needing to be filled...If you are a writer or an artist trying to complete creative work at home, you know how hard and distracting everyday life can be.
The solution: go somewhere else and focus. Leave the distractions behind.
Literary agent Andrea Brown offers solutions on where to go in her book, Writers' and Artists' Hideouts: Great Getaways for Seducing the Muse.
Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul calls
the book “a must-have for the writer’s and artist’s soul.”
Brown combines her love of travel and adventure with her search for perfect places to 'seduce the muse'.
She delivers a charming and practical guide on places to go when you need solitude, quiet and inspiration to do your creative work.
This book is a compilation of Brown's notes on her favorite places that she has visited over the years.
The book is organized by region and includes information on price.
Sit back and get ready for some heavy travel yearnings after reading this delightful and informative book. Some of the getaways profiled in the book include:
• Bear Creek Lodge in McCall, Idaho, that is tucked away in 65 acres of hills and woods near Payette Lake and offers an outdoor spa, pretty decks, and a fitness room overlooking a creek.
• Spring Bay Inn B & B is in the Orcas Islands of Washington state that
offer a view of the waters of Puget Sound and Mount Baker. This B&B offers a two-hour kayaking
trip as part of the room price and a gourmet brunch. Downstairs is a room with
a sitting area by a window that is perfect for writers and artists.
• The Healthman Hotel in Portland, Oregon, a well-known historic hotel in downtown Portland that offers marble in the bathrooms and a library with signed copies of books by authors who have stayed as guests.
• Gingerbread Mansion Inn, in Ferndale, California, has rooms with large bay windows, clawfoot bath tubs, and beautiful English gardens with sitting areas.
• The Blue Tile Beach House and Spyglass House: in Paia, Hawaii, that includes three houses that can be rented individually or separately with shared common rooms, and a white-sand beach outside the back door. Or the Colony Surf Hotel in Honolulu that was particularly popular with writers, artists and celebrities in the 1960s.
• Casa de las Chimeneas Inn in Taos, New Mexico, has a ‘Library Room’ that includes a private walled patio and a sitting room with an old library. This inn also has an outdoor spa and a magnificent courtyard with fountains and gardens. Or follow in the steps of the literary giants who frequented the Inn of the Turquoise Bear, a historic and literary bed and breakfast, that entertained people such as Willa Cather, Robert Frost, Ansel Adams and D.H. Lawrence.
• The Farm by the River B & B is a beautiful farmhouse by the Saco River in North Conway, NH that includes views of the White Mountains.
• Hobbit Hollow Farm in Skaneatels, New York, offers trails and horses to ride, and is beautifully decorated with antique furnishings.
The book also offers some insightful tips, advice and suggestions from writers and artists on how to accomplish the most during these getaways. Mauro DiPetra, executive editor of Morrow imprint, HarperCollins Publishers, writes, "When it's time to lock things down and hone that final draft, being alone with your work can be very useful and productive....Walks in the forest, around lakes, or along streams will do wonders for recharging your mind. And when you get back to your keyboard, you'll have a clearer sense of purpose and a firmer grasp on what you're trying to accomplish."
So if you are looking to getaway to a beach, a mountain, or a lakeside retreat, Brown can help guide you to the ideal place that will suit your creative work.
To purchase Writers' and Artists' Hideouts, click here.
About the Author: Andrea Brown formed her literary agency in 1981. Formerly, an editor at Alfred A. Knopf, she has sold more than 1,000 books to just about every publisher. Brown is a regular speaker at numerous writers conferences. She has published numerous articles, been interviewed in Forbes, Good Housekeeping, and Writers Digest; appeared on C-Span's "Book Notes" and is executive director of the Big Sur Writing Workshops for children's books and adult fiction.