F for Flibbertigibbet

The original plan for F was for fast and furious writing.  According to writing coach Rob Parnell, he of the Easy Way to Write system, this is the way to go. Fast writing pushes out your first draft without allowing you to stop, think, or edit. It can produce some wonderful challenges to a previously outlined plot. It sets your creative mind free to make unexpected leaps and connections.

This morning, I switched on my computer as always. The notes and timetables for today’s work sat beside me ready. As I waited for the machine to load, I noticed a DVD (Bob Dylan’s Modern Times) on the dedsk, and just had to load that on to the computer first. It could count as an F for Flower Child at a stretch.

 F for flibbertigibbet ambroFfdpnetflounced out of nowhere. So, of course, I had to look it up.  According to Wikipedia, it’s a  Middle English word referring to a flighty or whimsical person, usually a young woman. In modern use, it is used in the North of England as a slang term, for a gossipy or overly talkative person.

It appears in Shakespeare. Sir Walter Scott, and The Sound of Music.

According to my mother, it’s someone like me with a mind like a butterfly.

Research Time

Then I had to spend hours researching photos and found two flibbertigibbet blogs listed. Diverted but returned to photo search  and again did best at Free Digital Photos–oh dear, this post could go on forever if I chose F for Free. More flibbertigibbeting–and what did I say yesterday about overuse of em-dashes?

Fast and furious writing to complete this post. The benefits  of Fast Writing are a lightening of the writing load and a cathartic sense of release.photokanokfdp

Whole morning gone. 🙁

What I need is F for Focus.

Any more flibbertigibbets out there? Are you a fast writer or compulsive editor?

image courtesy of Ambro, at Free Digital Photos.net

and F image from Photokanok again at Free Digital Photos

9 thoughts on “F for Flibbertigibbet”

  1. My mum used to call me a flibbertigibbet all the time. She’s from the north, but moved down south before I was born. I used to laugh so much at her northern words, they sounded like a different language – and, of course, some of them rubbed off on me!

    Annalisa, writing A-Z vignettes, at Wake Up, Eat, Write, Sleep

    1. I recently learned a new-to-me word from the Midlands–mardy meaning sulky, moody. Amazing how many little pockets of language there are on this small island.

    1. Thanks for taking the time to come visit again, John. I’m a pretty compulsive editor,too, once I get started. But some days the starting takes a bit of time 🙂

  2. I can’t say I write fast, but I certainly don’t edit or so to think when I’m writing a first draft. As a discovery writer I just put fingers to keys and off I go. No outline to hold me back! I can’t outline to save to my life.

    As for flibbertigibbet, I’m not generally. And it’s not just used on the north of England, but all over. It’s an old term, almost archaic down here in the south, but the older generations certainly still use it.

    http://www.tdharveyauthor. com

    1. An appealing term–discovery writer. Hadn’t heard that one and like it a lot. I used to write without outlining but kept landing my stories in black holes I was unable to tunnel out of.
      Shall visit tomorrow–fallen behind today and now typing with my eyes propped open.

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