Ashley Franklin

"Every idea ain't a good idea!"

I’m not sure which older person in my life said this to me, but I certainly remember hearing it more than once. I also know that it rings very true.
While we are busy Story Storming our hearts out over the last week, let’s not get bogged down in the details. It’s highly unlikely that you’re in love with every idea that you’ve jotted down. I’m certainly not. But, here’s the thing:

  • I don’t expect to love every idea.
  • I don’t expect to use every idea.
  • I don’t even expect every idea to be good.
  • I do expect to hold on to my list for quite some time.

What’s the point of holding onto ideas you’re not swooning over? Some ideas may merge, mutate, or morph into something really great. Some ideas may springboard you into writing a great project that you had never really considered.
Don’t overthinking thinking at the last minute.

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Lemonade anyone?

Life has been pelting me with lemons! I do have carpal tunnel, so I recently had to get those steroid injections in both wrists. That kind of sucked. It put me in a real funk, honestly.
Nothing has really been moving on the publishing front. I’m getting more accustomed to the waiting. I’m not nearly as antsy as I was before. I think it has a great deal to do with the fact that I’m not just sitting around waiting to hear back from editors or publishers.
I’m still revising picture books, and I’m working on a chapter book. If nothing else, I know for a fact that staying busy is key.
Carpal tunnel has slowed me down some, but I’ll just consider it an extended brainstorming session.
 

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What's the tub journal I keep talking about?

Okay, so if you’ve been following me on Twitter for more than a week, there’s a pretty good chance that at some point you’ve seen me mention a tub journal. I’m sure that many of you can relate to feeling like you have to multitask or things will never get done. Busy parents, I know you especially know that trips to the bathroom are sometimes all the alone time that you get. (Let’s be real. Some of our kids hunt us down in the bathroom too.)
Some people say they get their best ideas when in the shower. My most dominant shower thought is something along the lines of “Ugh, what am I going to do with my hair today?” Then is all spirals down to wondering what the kids are doing and what snacks need to be replenished, and what’s in the fridge to even cook, etc. Clearly, the shower isn’t my ideal clear thinking space.
Behold! The tub journal was born due to a lack of time, selective focus, and ideas that never quit. In reality, it’s a legal pad that I jot down all of my ideas. I don’t use it anywhere else unless I’m typing up my notes off of it. That’s the thing, since the tub journal can get wet at any moment, I always make sure to type up my notes before the next tub journal session. There’s no need to take a chance of good ideas getting washed away.
What about you? Do you have any odd note-taking habits? Surely I’m not the only one.
 
 

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