In my post last week, I spoke of my intention to camp and work on the final edits on my work in progress. I’m delighted to report that, while I did not reach the finished goal I had set, I actually did work on the manuscript, and worked well. I edited what I intended, as well as saw and edited some pages that I had not before seen that needed it. I enjoyed being absorbed in the process. I learned this trip that when I go camping alone, I will write. And I am reminded once again of the power of setting an intention. I set myself up to write, and so I did.
Now, there is the idea, put forth by John Steinbeck, among others, that intention is not enough. As they say, the road to hell is paved… But perhaps a key is to state your intention to others. That certainly must be a first step in the right direction. I have joined a group of writers who share their editing goals and progress each day, and pray for one another. I find this public sharing helping me greatly.
I camped at a wonderful Corps of Engineer park, Prairie Creek Campground. Delightfully peaceful, spacious, and very easy to back into. This park is south east of Selma, Alabama, so while there Faith and I went into Selma to visit the historic Live Oak Cemetery and pay our respects (yes, I take Faith with me everywhere). Since internet service was poor at the campground, I took my computer, and right there in the cemetery from the 1800s, in the generous shade of an old live oak dripping with moss, I was able to upload files to the Cloud, via my phone hotspot. It felt eerie, like being inside a Ray Bradbury novel.
Camping and writing and visiting a fascinating cemetery–all my favorite things!
Blessings from me and Faith.
2 thoughts on “Camping and Writing Intentions”
It’s interesting you had that talk with yourself about book genres and where you felt you fit in. I had also noticed that I usually found your books in the romance genre although I considered them Literature/Fiction. As long as I could find them, though, I was happy!
Btw—have you read « Confessions of a Muddle-aged (I love Spell Check’s sense of humor here, should say MIDDLE-AGED!) Runaway « by Eliason? Someone else taking an RV and hitting the road with her dog. I was going to send it to you but realized I have no idea of where to send it! Check and see if you are even interested in it though.
Happy June to you! Louise
Thank you, Louise, for the book recommendation! Sounds like something I will enjoy–will find it! When I was growing up, I had no idea of genres. I simply read what I liked. I think the concept of genres came along in the 1980s, pushed by marketing people as a way to give an idea of the book. blessings, CurtissAnn