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ReForReMo (maybe next time)

I had eagerly signed up for ReForReMo as soon as we were allowed. With what I perceive as the success that I had during PiBoIdMo, I vowed to not miss another children’s book challenge again! Well, some vows are made to be broken.

While I really want to participate, I simply can’t. I just finished Susanna Hill’s course yesterday, and I’ll be started CBA’s Middle Grade Mastery course at the end of the month.

Maybe if I wasn’t working I could pull all of this off, but I simply cannot. I’m only one person, and these tasks are many. I’m not a fan of doing something halfway. Let me change that. I’m not a fan of doing something that I love halfway, and I love to write.

If you have the time to do ReForReMo, do let me know how it goes. I’m all ears. If you’ll also be a part of CBA’s Middle Grade Mastery course, I’d love to know that too. Being a part of the writing community can benefit your craft. It can also make the journey a lot less lonely.

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Writing Goals vs. Writing Expectations

Posted in Writing by Ashley Franklin on January 3, 2016
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I feel like goals and resolutions give you too much wiggle room not to do them. You don’t meet a goal, hey, you just set a new one. If resolutions stuck, some people wouldn’t be making the same ones every single year. That’s just my personal opinion.

That being said, I have some writing expectations for 2016. I expect to write at least 12 picture book drafts. That is a lofty goal. If it wasn’t there wouldn’t be a 12X12 group. I don’t need cheerleaders like that. I’m sure that works for some folk, but a big, organized group would probably do me more harm than good at this point. Why? I hate when people feel left out, so I always feel obligated to respond or help or lend an “ear.” I’m not going to get much written if I keep letting myself get distracted. Does that mean I just don’t care about anyone else’s writing goals? No! Do I believe that we’re all in this together? No! We’re not. Wait…that’s a good thing.

Each writer has his/her strengths, weaknesses, hopes, and dreams. Personally, I think that my own desires are pushing me towards needing more critique partners and spending more time actually writing.

Will I still be available to lend a helping hand or an ear to someone who is up and coming like myself? Of course! I just have to pace myself.

Oh, so what’s my other writing expectation for the year? I plan on writing a middle grade novel. I bet you didn’t see that coming, lol.

I have huge expectations, I know. But, I’ve already written two picture book drafts since the 1st of the year. Are they polished? No. There’s a picture book revision week/ month starting soon, and I’m saving revisions for that time.

I’m  all for working smarter in 2016. Let’s see how this goes. Wish me luck, good fortune, and growth.

 

Facebook Rations/ Writing Surplus?

Posted in Writing by Ashley Franklin on November 20, 2015
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So, I realized that I incessantly check Facebook from my phone. I imagine that I waste a huge amount of time doing that, so I’m going to take the app off my phone. I’m probably too lazy to actually type in the url.

If I do just so happen to overcome that hurtle, I’ve decided that I’m going to put myself on a Facebook fast. I’m only going to check it once a day.

I want to see if I am more productive. I can find a million reasons as to why I don’t have enough time to write. This will be one less excuse.

I’m battling my inner procrastinator and excuse-maker.

Why don’t I just stop checking Facebook altogether? Well, I can’t really do that since I’ve joined a few writing groups. I’m not into self-sabotage. I’ve recently realized the importance of being a part of a writing community.

Writing isn’t so lonely after all. In fact, it’s comforting being a part of a group, sharing the same dream. Go figure.