Picture Book Magic (the beginning)

I’m taking a class! Writing isn’t always about writing. You can write well, but it still won’t get you anywhere for several reasons:

  1. There’s no audience for it.
  2. Bad timing.
  3. You write well, but the format or style isn’t right.

I’m trying to do my part so that there are fewer and fewer reasons as to why I”m not a published author. So, my first big step of 2016 was signing up for Susanna Leonard Hill’s Picture Book Magic course. I’m doing the self-paced version, but she does have an interactive version.

I’m only on my second day, but I like it so far. The main appeal, for me, is that the lessons are 30 minutes or shorter. That works for me! As someone who always has too many things going on at once, easily digestible lessons are essential. I’ll let you know how it goes. Wish me luck!


When the struggle is real, write!

Posted in Uncategorized by Ashley Franklin on May 19, 2015
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When the struggle is real, your drive should be the realest. That’s just the way I see it. I’m sure that there are many of us out there that if we missed one or two checks, we would be in quite a bad situation. Isn’t that an awful feeling? I, for one, am trying to establish a lucrative side hustle. I also want to feel as though I am getting all I can out of the degree I am still paying Sallie Mae for.

I can admit to you that I am casting my net wide. Realistically, I can crank out a picture book manuscript every couple of days. I can, but I try not too. Why? I don’t want to rush. When I get a new idea, I jot it down. I work on it if I’m currently stuck on something else. I do work on several manuscripts at a time. So far, it works out that I always have at least one other story I can work on if I’m not sure where I’m going with one.

I feel like my goal of being a (successful) published writer isn’t that different from any other goal. Isn’t the whole idea to do all you can, the best way that you can to come out on top (and stay there)?