Spinning Platters – Those Pesky Little Buggers!

If I don’t write it down, it doesn’t get done. It’s as simple as that.

I use a planner because it makes me feel like I have a semblance of control. I know that’s not true—control is an illusion, or should I say delusion?—but it seems that way, and our perspective is our reality.

Spinning Platters - Those Pesky Little Buggers by Laurie Buchanan

Spinning Platters – Those Pesky Little Buggers by Laurie Buchanan

In my planner, I keep track of my daily appointments, and things that I’d like to get done on any given day. Please notice I said “like to get done” instead of “should get done.” If any psychotherapists are reading this, you’ll observe I’ve loosened my death grip (a bit).

In my home office, there’s a dry erase board on the wall for “the big picture” platters I spin as they relate to writing—blog, articles, curriculum, manuscript, queries. It’s color-coded—I’m a Libra, it makes me feel good.

To-Do List by Laurie Buchanan

To-Do List by Laurie Buchanan

In my moleskins (one in my purse, one on my nightstand), I write down ideas that race through my head, teasing me, “Catch me if you can!” Like a butterfly net, I capture them as quickly as I can before they elude me.

Moleskine by Laurie Buchanan

Moleskine by Laurie Buchanan

What system do you use to keep all of your platters spinning?

 

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The Writers’ Institute UW-Madison 2011

A Writer is Compelled to Write by Len Buchanan

A Writer is Compelled to Write by Len Buchanan

After I push the “publish” button on this post, I’m heading up to UW-Madison’s 22nd Annual Writers’ Institute where I’ll be in Nirvana, Utopia, Seventh Heaven—pure bliss—for the next several days.

It’s often asked, “Why do writers write?”

I don’t think writer’s write, I think they’re written through. Somewhere along the way they gave themselves over to being a vessel through which words flow. A writer can’t not write—they’re compelled to write. Even if it’s only for themselves.

It’s in the creative experience of writing that ideas, emotions, and thoughts are unleashed. This “unleashing” is euphoric—a state that becomes addictive—a way of being in the world that opens the door to endless possibility

Some of the telltale signs of a writer:

You’d be equally thrilled to receive a bouquet of freshly sharpened #2 pencils as you would a bouquet of flowers.

Pencil Bouquet by Laurie Buchanan

Pencil Bouquet by Laurie Buchanan

Sleuth-like, you carry a Moleskine® or other small tablet to capture your brilliant ideas, and great lines as you eavesdrop the conversations around you in a restaurant, on the train, in the line at the grocery store…

Sleuth Pad by Laurie Buchanan

Sleuth Pad by Laurie Buchanan

My best eavesdropping line [Older gentleman in bar says to young waiter as he’s getting ready to remove his seemingly empty glass]: “Young man, don’t ever waste marinated ice cubes.”

If you’re a writer, you may also enjoy these posts from the archive:
The Writers’ Institute (2010)
The Power of Words
Breaking the Rules
Capturing Thoughts
W is for Writing

Listen with your heart,

Laurie Buchanan

Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
                – Laurie Buchanan

www.HolEssence.com

© 2011 Laurie Buchanan – All Rights Reserved

Capturing Thoughts

I love words. I love the taste of language.

“Young man, don’t ever waste marinated ice cubes.”

This cheerfully said to the waiter by a man at the table next to us while deftly removing his almost empty glass back off the clearing tray.

We laughed—inconspicuously, of course—and determined to remember that bit of sage advice.

How do you capture your thoughts?

When you hear something you want to remember, a brilliant idea shamelessly flings itself at you, you find an exceptional quote, or you read a particular turn of phrase that plucks at your heart strings, how do you capture it?

I use a moleskine—it’s with me wherever I go.

Listen with your heart,

Laurie Buchanan

Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
               – Laurie Buchanan

www.HolEssence.com.

© 2010 Laurie Buchanan, All Rights Reserved