I know what you are thinking. What the ^&*$% is a moodling? I get that question a lot. Click here to learn the whole story.

Moodlings

What is a moodling?  This is a question I get on a regular basis. Here is your answer. :)

Moodling comes from the book If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland.  She writes, "So you see imagination needs moodling-long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering."


Ms. Ueland was born in 1891 and wrote If You Want to Write in 1938.  She was a writer, editor and teacher of writing.   While her book is directed at writers she does not differentiate writers from other creatives. She writes, "Whenever I say 'writing' in this book, I also mean anything that you love and want to do or make."

She has two main themes to the book, everyone is creative and if you want to write.....you must write and write often.

If you want to be creative....you must create on a regular, daily basis.  When you 1st begin your work may not be very good.  In fact it might suck.  But there is value in the doing.  Of allowing yourself the space to be creative. Allowing ourselves to slow down long enough to allow creativity to flourish.  To create with our hearts and not our minds.  Time to quiet the voices and allow something else to take its place.

Over time we learn to fine tune our craft, we get better.  But there is no shortcut to this process.  We must begin where everyone begins.   That is the essence of this blog.  To create a place where we celebrate creativity in all its glory.  The good, the bad and the ugly.  A place where we create from the heart, something that is real and full of life.

I love Ms. Ueland's book and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to add more creativity to your life.  It is hard not to be inspired by her words.  I have often said that creativity and imagination are what push us forward.  It is the best of us.  Why would I NOT want more of that in my life?

Now you know the answer.
Jeri'

10 comments:

  1. I love the story behind the name! I give the blog just so much more meaning! Enjoy your work here!

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    1. Thank you...I thought it was important to define that word. :)

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  2. I am all in on CREATIVITY! I will definitely check out her work. Thanks! Anne

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    1. It is a great book...I highly recommend it. I am currently re-reading it and plan to add bits and pieces to my posts. :)

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  3. Lovely story, bit of history too. Just found your site/blog today, guessing I shall it enjoy it lots. Perhaps I need a different type of help with creativity.......I WANT to write (and sometimes do). have always knit and sewed, crochet, painting, embroidery, bits of this that and the other. So - often I am unable to concentrate because I have too many 'things' on the go. Now I have abandoned knitting, sewing and crocheting, and embroidery. But I love paper crafting, try to paint also, so hopefully I shall soon concentrate on one hobby at a time, for a day, or a week, or whatever works best to keep me on track. I intend to check out the book and must keep a good eye on your posts. 'Cepta, Ireland

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    1. Welcome 'cepta. So glad you found us and are enjoying the blog. I hope you enjoy the book. :)

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  4. I am new to this site but very excited about all I see. Your classes, the blog, the tips and tidbits that are throughout. The story behind "moodlings" gave me insight and I am off to the table. Just wanted to say thanks and happy creating.

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    1. Welcome Susan....so glad you found us. Be sure to tell your friends. :)

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  5. Glad to be here. I have in mind writing a short novel, but i get scary every time i think about it

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    1. Welcome Susy. I highly recommend the book for you. It is a great read. The basic point of her book is if you want to do something do it. No one writes the great American novel on their first try. But you can't get to novel good without writing.....a lot! So start writing and keep writing. :)

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