When Life Disrupts Your Mojo

Wow, I just realised that it’s 4:50pm and I’ve not yet written a word on my NaNo challenge. There are a few reasons for this.

  1. I had a frog to eat 🙂 Aka, I had a paid bit of work to complete and had been procrastinating since Monday to do it. So that had to be done first.
  2. I had prearranged appointments to attend and family stuff that was more important that throwing a few words on the page.
  3. I slept badly and am basically discombobulated, causing me to spend way too much time surfing Facebook 😛

Tradesman asleep in a wheelbarrow

In my defence though, I have spent quite a bit of time ruminating on how Hannah is going to meet a lovely young man that provides a decent amount of personal distraction to her life… what say you – coffee shop barista, local plumber or some other kind of job description? I think they should meet ‘on the job’ somehow because, well, just because 😀

If you have some ideas on how Hannah might first meet this lovely young man (who at this point in time is known as Thomas Garfield – suggestions accepted), then leave your ideas in the comments! I promise I will take them seriously as I create the scene and may even share an excerpt when it’s done 🙂

Have I learned anything today? Hm, well, a broken night sleep has a decent impact on the ability to create and be organised. In hindsight, it may have served me better to take a small nap this morning after I had done the school run but instead I ‘pressed on’ to complete my obligations. Would I have still written a decent piece of work with less time? Probably. I think it took me longer just because I kept rereading sentences that didn’t sink in the first time!

Regardless, I think the point for me is that there are times when my schedule needs to flex in order to recalibrate my body. If my body feels less than capable, it seems to have a direct correlation on my thinking skills which in turn impacts my ability to create amazing work.

Here is what I will leave you with today:

Schedules matter because they provide a foundation to produce completed work. They matter because they ensure we have the time and capacity to meet deadlines and stick to the scope of projects. But schedules do not matter when it comes to making sure that the internal health and wellbeing of the scheduler is taken care of if it is in need of a bit of maintenance. In this case, flexibility is the primary consideration.

So that’s about all I can muster up today. Currently no words added to my NaNoWriMo count but it’s only 5:14pm and after my nap I might just feel like Wonder Woman and write 2,000! You just never know…although you’ll probably know tomorrow…

May the rest of today be a breeze that blows away the dross and brings clarity to the things you still need to get done.


cropped-miriam-2015.jpgMiriam E. Miles has a finger in quite a few creative pies – her personal writing includes poetry, 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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