Woolly Moments



Life has thrown a few hefty curve balls my way over the past few months, leaving me a little under par regarding my writing. Although the ideas have continued to roll in, they have been hanging in my head like discarded clothes on a washing line rather than materialise into something substantial on a page. No matter how often I used my daily mantra, “Get a Grip!” not a lot has been produced.

However, a recent trip back to the UK has sorted me out. I giggled when I saw this from the back door of my parents’ home.


There, blowing in the breeze was the perfect picture of my ‘writing brain’ – trapped woollen pieces floating listlessly - desperately in need of rescue and TLC. With a little help and a lot of chatter with my dear writing friend in Malvern, I am bouncing back merrily and my fingers tinkling away at the keyboard. The woollen pieces are being knitted together (obviously, after a jolly good wash) and are swiftly becoming more purposeful.

If you could describe your ‘writing brain’ when it’s under-performing, what would it look like?

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  1. Glad you are writing again.
    Mine would just be a vacuum.

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    1. Thanks, Alex! Hope the sales are going well :)

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  2. Glad you enjoyed your wee break in the UK, Nicola. My brain feels like mush this morning but I think I ate too much chocolate yesterday - and that was on my daughter's birthday!

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    1. Don't talk to me about chocolate, Rosemary! I just discovered the most delicious new Milka minty chocolate. Unforunately they only do it in large size - not good :):) Belated Happy Birthday wishes to your daughter.

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    1. Lovely smile, Mac :) Thanks for popping over.

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    1. Home made, I hope :) Thank you for commenting, Wendy. Always lovely to 'see' you.

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    1. :) That's a good one, Keith. Hope all is well down under! Best wishes.

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  6. Glad you're back on track, Nicola. I suppose my under-performing writing brain could be described as clouds of ideas, floating around, that need to cluster together and give me one good downpour of a story.
    A great post.

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Jan. A fantastic description. I do love studying the clouds. Next time I am gazing up at the fluffy balls in the sky, I'll think of you :) Wishing you all the very best!

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  7. I know exactly what my writing brain looks like, because I see it on paper every time I do any planning. It starts out neat, then extra bits get squeezed in, including up the sides, and there are arrows going here, there and everywhere. It's rather sobering to know that that's what the inside of my head looks like.

    Is "Get a grip!" really your mantra? Sounds rather harsh and unforgiving. Wouldn't you prefer something kinder and more encouraging?

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  8. Thanks for the comment, Susanna. A very interesting insight into your brain.
    I only use 'Get a Grip!' when I've lost perspective and need a swift kick. I am usually much kinder to myself :):)

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  9. Mine would be like a balloon half filled with water - stuff sloshes around but nothing comes out.

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    1. But isn't it a great feeling when that balloon pops and the chaos gushes out :) Thank you for popping by and commenting, Patsy. Lovely to 'see' you.

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  10. I've also experienced some curve balls over the past months so this post resonated with me. My under-performing writing brain would be a plate of spaghetti and sauce (including bits dripping over the plate's edge).

    Glad your trip 'home' helped you, and good luck as you knit together the woollen pieces.

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  11. Thank you for your comment, Jen. I hope those curve balls have now left the arena and things are back on track. They are always sent to test our prowess and strengthen our determination; even if it doesn't seem like it at the time :)
    Wishing you all the best.

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  12. Oatmeal. Here's hoping there will be fewer curve balls ahead.

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    1. Thanks for popping over to comment, Milo. I love oatmeal, especially with loads of brown sugar on top :) I am done with curve balls. I am just gonna 'lob' them right back at the bowler from now on. All the best!

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  13. Mine is there right now! Struggling to make sense of the thoughts as I try to plot a new novel. Usually I'm ready to go but not this time.I hope by now you have found your laundry and plunged ahead!

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    1. Thank you, Terri. Lovely to 'see' you. My laundry is neatly put away and I am moving forward - plodding rather than plunging but it's going in the right direction. I hope your thoughts have wafted together nicely. Sometimes it's a good thing to let them linger in a tangle before plucking and sorting. You'll get there, I've no doubt in my woolly mind :) All the best and do let me know how you're progressing.

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  14. My writing brain would look like a flat line when it's under performance.

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    1. I can't believe your brain would ever flat line, Chrys. Too much wonderful stuff going on in there!! :) Thanks for popping by. It is always lovely to 'see' you!

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