No time to moodle

13 thoughts on “No time to moodle”

  1. Thank you for the introductory quote. I have several posts started, but was having difficulty getting them coherent and focused because enotional events and people were getting in the way of the big idea they were about.

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    1. I’m glad the quote helped you as much as it helped me. And don’t you hate it when stuff you don’t mean to write about makes its way onto your page? I do. I try to steer it back, but often it’s just like you said – I can’t get to the big idea because too much emotion is involved. Sometimes that’s good, but it usually just ends up being more of a diary entry than something I’d want to make public. Good luck with getting to your big ideas!

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  2. I’ve discovered that my inspiration(s) come in waves, or cycles, and when I “run dry” I don’t force it. It only ends up sounding contrived anyway. When the words are absent, recharge 🙂

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    1. Yes! Wasn’t it a wonderful day when you recognized the pattern? I was so relieved when I realized my cycle – consuming information, digesting information/low productivity, disappearing into a novel, feeling bad for low productivity, writing about low productivity, then finally, getting back into the writing phase, where I have more ideas than I can possibly write about. I totally agree that forcing it results in contrived writing – I’ll write anyway, but just keep it in my journal 😉

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    1. Thank you for saying that. I do try to post regularly, even when I feel I’m in a dry spell, and I appreciate your encouragement. Are you journaling to help sort your life?

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      1. Journaling for a combination of reasons…help sort things out, just get things out so I’m not so overloaded and some things don’t go unspoken, and as a record to remember things years from now.

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  3. FYI: Was thinking of your introductory quote again and looked it up:
    “Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” I keep finding it attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt.

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    1. Yes, I did too, but I kept thinking of that joke you find all over Twitter: “The thing about quotes on the internet is that you cannot confirm their validity.” – Abe Lincoln.

      I tried to find confirmation that Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people” and I just couldn’t find a source I trusted, so I marked it anonymous. I’m about to head to the library with my kids, maybe I’ll look it up in Bartlett’s and see if it’s there.

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  4. Exactly! I’m a school teacher (literature and writing, of course) and summer is my time to focus and do my own writing…no focus at all. Ideas drifting hither, thither and yon. I definitely have a “Butterfly Mind.” Such a perfect title for a writing blog. I’m now a fan!

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    1. Welcome, Cindy Lou! I am tickled that so many people relate to the concept of a butterfly mind – I don’t feel alone (or crazy) anymore 🙂 And amen to the lack of summer focus. Good luck with getting some writing done!

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