It is past midnight.
I am sitting on a rickety bunk inside a mosquito-infested cabin in the middle of the woods, wrapped in my fluffy, blue blanket and sipping chamomile tea from a smelly tin cup, while penning my novel on a yellow steno pad by flashlight.
Okay, not really. Camp NaNoWriMo is a virtual camp, so I am actually sitting at my office desk in broad daylight, staring at my computer. The sun is shining, the clock is ticking, I’ve got plenty of work to keep my fingers tapping on my keyboard. So why is it that the squirrels outside my window have decided that now is the best time to fight over the bird seed? Don’t they know I’m WRITING?
Last November during National Novel Writing Month, I had great intentions of manifesting a visionary fiction novel from complete nothingness.
I tried “winging it” as a Pantser and truly thought I was up for the challenge. But within a week’s time, I was lost because I had no idea who my characters really were nor how the heck I was going to get them from Point A to Point B. So I rebelled to work on multiple writing projects, ones that were nearly finished but really made my heart “sing”. The result was I wrote over 50,000 words and won my first NaNoWriMo, but knowing I had abandoned Inn Lak'ech left me feeling slightly criminal.
Life went on (as it always does) and I gave little thought to my novel until late May, when I received an email about Camp NaNoWriMo. I really hadn’t planned on venturing further into the Writing Woods, but I thought, “Hmmm. Maybe the Universe is telling me I need a new experience.”
By the time July 1 arrived, I had become one mighty Planner with a gameplan.
I knew exactly who was who and what was what and which direction everybody was heading. I felt completely empowered and spent the end of June in full planning mode—researching hundreds of websites, writing multiple character sketches and outlining the entire book.
Planning has helped me gain a fresh, new perspective as a Story Navigator and I find I am now deeply committed to this project.
To guard against creative blocks, I set up a special crystal grid (with carnelian, citrine, celestite, rose quartz, clear quartz, Lemurian crystals and selenite) and designed a Soul Collage card, using the inspiring Creativity Mandala Empowerment image created by Joanna Rowan Mullane.
Normally, writing is a solitary business and I rarely share my work (or thoughts about my work) with strangers.
Nevertheless, one of the joys of this camp has been connecting with other Light-minded folks in our private cabin. It’s a fun group—some are newbies and others are published novelists–and we’re all writing spiritual fiction or nonfiction. My cabin mates have been very supportive and I’m grateful because my writing has been flowing amazingly well, almost effortlessly sometimes.
It’s as if the Universe really wants this book!
And that's what happened during my first camp experience in July 2015. I have been a proud member of Ascension Cabin ever since. Stay tuned for April 2019 updates—I'll be working on my "Seaglass Christmas: A Little Blessing Mystery" novel!