I often tell people that my writing journey began with a dream. This is true, in that the idea for my first novel began by writing down a repetitive dream, but recently I realised that I’d overlooked a significant step in acquiring my writing obsession.
Before I’d started dreaming crazy things about ships, people smuggling and a shipmaster held to ransom, my husband and I took a road trip from our home in Queensland, to Sydney in New South Wales. Those who’ve done it know that it’s a long drive. Undertaking this trek in a small Hyundai that struggled to reach 70km/hr uphill made it even loooooonger!
Out of this we acquired a whole collection of random “driver pulling faces with significant milestone whizzing past” shots. Of course, being pre-digital, this provided many a laugh when the photos were developed.
And then there was “the story”...
I have NO idea why I brought an empty exercise book along. Usually I’d bring something to read, but not this time. So, for a significant number of those travel hours I wrote a story. (Quite a long one, too!) And I haven’t stopped writing them since.
The vivid remembrance of that trip took me by surprise. Then the significance of it occurred to me.
That journey forced me to sit still long enough to explore creative writing and detect the spark of interest it ignited. Sure, I’d enjoyed writing at school and had been encouraged to pursue it, but life got busy and that encouragement fell by the wayside. Then suddenly my enthusiasm for it was back – insatiably!
This revelation got me thinking about life and its rapid pace. We’re all in it, rushing here and there, striving to get done what we must – or at least what we perceive we must. Yet, I’ve noticed that my most significant “hearing God’s voice” moments have been in the stillness of time. It may be a late evening lull; showering; a two minute sit down between domestic chores; wandering amongst nature; or stuck in a car with your spouse for twenty-four hours round trip.
I wonder how many times God is just waiting for us to be still long enough to listen? I know He speaks in any circumstance, but there’s something powerful about giving Him our “pause moments” – even unexpected ones. For me, I was able to glimpse a whole new dream and rediscover a form of creative expression that I’d all but forgotten. Even now, I find the best writing inspiration often comes in the quiet suspensions of time.
Adele Jones lives in Queensland, Australia. Her writing is inspired by a passion for family, faith, friends, music and science – and her broad ranging imagination. To find out more visit www.adelejonesauthor.com