‘A world where you want to hold onto everything for as long as possible until you can’t. Then you need to ditch it quickly.’ Alys Fowler is talking about inflatable kayaking, but I think the quote applies to writing too. In the way you tie loose threads, cling to things found unexpectedly along the way and keep tools in mind. You hold them present until you have to formalise a research question; turn everything in a particular direction, or capsize. Then you need to ditch those dangly words quickly. But who said there was a danger in drowning in them?