Writing between the times

Today’s title comes from the interesting ebb and flow of daily family life through the past few days and the realisation that it’s awesome to have a scheduled plan to write but it’s even more awesome if I can keep my poise and work around the myriad interruptions faced while trying to write!


In the past 3 days I have had an unwell teen at the hospital (all good now), a hubby home from overseas, a tonsillitis ridden 19-year old crook as a dog and a resurgence of tendonitis (due to a bit too much typing, go figure!). Trying to keep on top of a writing schedule just isn’t realistic with these unpredictable challenges and the old me would have possibly given up trying to complete the NaNoWriMo challenge at this point, citing that it’s just too hard.

Well, times have changed. If there is any one thing I have learned this year, it has been that how I respond to difficult or unexpected circumstances matters more than the circumstances themselves. How I react will be with anxiety or with a sense of calm and control. Then, how I respond to that situation is going to make a hell of a difference to the rest of my day/ week/ month and even year.

So today I have written when I can, promising myself that I am not going to ‘lose’ my ideas because they are in me, were created by me and I am capable of reawakening them when I can. Trusting my own ability to create and revisit creativity is a new thing for me and I feel more in control of the outcomes than ever before because of it. And then, when I can’t recall the ideas properly I pray and somehow either the ideas come back or even better ones emerge. So it’s a win-win, really!

My NaNo2015 word count is now up to a glorious 4224 words and I am very happy with that considering the week so far. Seize the day, seize the moment, whatever you do, just take hold when you can and the words will flow.

What can I leave you with today?

We all have the same number of hours in a day yet we will never have the same number of interruptions, or the same level of challenge. But we all have the same opportunity to look at the challenge and decide what the response will be. It’s Choose Your Own Adventure – react and freak out or respond and regain control. We all get the same choices and have the same capacity to decide.

I really believe that when we allow ourselves to trust what’s been placed within will arise and come to the surface, that we open our lives to that actually happening. It’s amazing how many words we can express in just a few seconds. Use technology or use pen and paper, but seize the moment and write it out. The words will come, they really will.

May your day be bright and your pen run out of ink 🙂

What struggles have you been facing this week? Share in the comments so we can all support and encourage you!


cropped-miriam-2015.jpgMiriam E. Miles has a finger in quite a few creative pies – her personal writing includespoetry, short reflective pieces on family, identity and spiritual awakening and her work life is spent helping clients build authentic and engaging social media connections.

To chat with Miriam email her at redlinewriting@gmail.com

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