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 flounced 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.
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?
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