Kiss Your Frogs

“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you until it seems that you cannot hold on for a minute longer, never give up then, for that  is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1811 – 1896  American abolitionist and author.


Frog

I call my sloppy, rambling, unintelligible, boring writing my frogs.
These are the posts that go nowhere.  They are way to the left of no good; they are lopsided and they croak like an army of frogs on the lily pad.  Did you know a group of frogs is called an army?

This is the awful stuff.  It’s swampy and mucky and holds little promise for a good outcome.  I put these things aside and move on hopefully to something I can use.

And then sometimes when I go back to them days, weeks or even months later, a phrase or a sentence springs out at me and gains a life of its own.  Then I have the catalyst for a new post.

So today I encourage you to kiss those frogs. Don’t rubbish them or discard them.  You may be surprised if one or more does turn into a handsome prince and reward you with a great post.

Frog prince

Note – pictures from Microsoft free clipart.

“Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in”
Andrew Jackson, 1767 – 1845
the seventh President of the United States

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30 responses to “Kiss Your Frogs

  1. Letting something sit for a while or simmer for a bit can often see something juicy emerge when it comes to writing.

    We have a saying here that sort of goes along these lines: “Eat a frog for breakfast and that will be the hardest thing you do all day”. In other words do the thing on your to-do list that is the hardest, first up and the rest of the day will feel like a breeze.

    Frogs seem to get a hard press don’t they but really they are very clever creatures, adapting as they do to different environmental conditions.

  2. Ol’ Jackson was one stubborn fellow – his way or the highway

  3. What is a group of toads called? I have them spawning in my pool cover every spring. No, I don’t and won’t kiss them. I catch them and relocate them down the road to the creek only after scooping out 300 of their little offsprings out of the cover.

    As for my “frog” posts, I usually just delete them or hold them in trash for awhile. Like you said, sometimes a sentence will pop out at you and give you some sort of inspiration.

    • A group of toads is called a knot. More absolutely useless information stored in the elderly brain! i always save mine as drafts and then go back to them later. Yes, sometimes they do get trashed but not until I have had them sitting there for a while. As we say – watch this space. 🙂

  4. This is a very good point. On a side note, I love frogs. Tree frogs, as you have pictured first, are my favorite, so thanks for that. Have a wonderful week!

  5. I love frogs ~ I save drafts and incomplete musings to come back to at a later date. I rarely toss them in the trash.

    When we “eat the frog” (least pleasant task) first . . . the rest of the day seems breezy!

  6. I love your frogs and have a few of my own!

  7. Hi Judith. I appreciate this post. I’m afraid I’m not even coming up with frogs lately. Don’t know why. I think it’s time for me to change directions in my writing but I don’t know which direction.

    • Hi Pat. Well I don’t have any direction. I just write about what I think at the time. Sometimes the frogs get through at a later date.
      Just keep on writing on whatever. As Nike says “Just do it”.

  8. I do the same with some of my photographs. Every once in a while I go back and find something I like in one that did nothing for me the first go-round.

  9. That’s a great idea, Judith. You have so much wisdom to share with us! Love Stowe’s quote at the beginning.

    • Thank you Patti for that lovely comment. Stowe’s life and road were so much harder than ours and we all have much to thank her and her colleagues for.

  10. Thanks for the reminder of my unfinished posts. I do love the ability to start a post and put it aside for later. I will need to find the time to go through the many I have. I may surprise myself that there are a few close to completed.

    • Come now Jenny – You are excused. You have those three delightful young people to keep you occupied not to mentiona ll the other things you do. I am always amazed that you even find time to write posts. 🙂

  11. I did not know that a group of frogs was called an Army so I learned something new today. 🙂
    I have posts occasionally that are “frogs” but since I consider my blog a personal outlet for myself and a way to share myself with others, I still write even when it’s a “frog” day. Like you said, you never know….

  12. I love the thought of this… I have several frogs in my draft folder. Perhaps the drafts are mere tadpoles hoping to become frogs. We’ll see.

  13. Great advice, Judith. I’ve been pondering what to do with posts that have been sitting around for the past year, in a draft state. Perhaps it’s time to revisit them and see if I can’t pull something from them.

    Thank you! 🙂

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