I should be doing other things — exercising, answering e-mail, reading a biography, getting groceries — but I want to write.
So I should know what to write.
But I don’t, so I should just start it… or go and do something else.
Oh help! It’s the shoulds!
One reason I decided to write about words, languages and writing when I started my blog was that I figured I’d never run out of material. So far, so good, but sometimes what other people experience as a dearth of material is more like a swamp for me. There are just too many possibilities… I should know better what ones to use.
I have my series on ‘Kindness and Wonder’ written ahead into March — which was one reason I picked out such a long series. (I should tell you about other reasons some time.) I’ve written on other topics a couple of times, here and there, during the series so far.
But I should be writing more about other things, shouldn’t I?
Should I write about picking up two library books yesterday when my to-be-read pile was already tall at home? (I just wrote about it here; should I write more?)
Should I write about wondering whether I should’ve made the series shorter so I don’t feel like I’m forgetting doing this? (I still wonder, but obviously I’m not forgetting.)
That’s ten uses of “should” (counting shoulds or shouldn’t) before that one in quotation marks.
I should just quit now, shouldn’t I?
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