In the world of water birds there are dabblers and divers. The Teal is a dabbler. Able to find food in shallow water. They dip their beaks quickly in and out of water to find food. in fact to dabble is to dip lightly, splash or play. Some writers dive in to a subject and become quickly submerged in research and depth while others have fun playing with words and sharing their stories. Like ducks, writers who are divers propel themselves into deep water, therefore take longer to come to the surface and fly. A writer who dives too deep and analyzes too much may have difficulty bringing their product to completion.
I have a tendency to dig too deep. Instead of dabbling, playing, and sharing my stories with others, I get stuck wanting to know more. Some bloggers might be able to just write about dabblers and divers. I felt the need to check several websites to make sure I am accurate. I can easily get too serious at the bottom of the pond by myself. I can learn from the dabblers to flap my wings, hop around, digest and move on.
Some ducks are divers and dabblers. They can dive when they need depth and walk on the surface to see above water. As a coach and writer I need a balance of dabbling and diving.
Are you a dabbler or a diver?
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Nancy Miller, M.S. is a Career Counselor, Life Coach, and writer. Nancy will assist you with story ideas, organizing your book whether fiction or nonfiction, and choosing a method for publishing and printing.