Remember the chicks you hatched in your elementary school classroom?
Remember how the light warmed them for days?
Remember the excitement as the first yellow beak began cracking open a shell?
Do you also remember that some eggs never hatched, and some chicks did not survive past the first day or two?
Ideas are like that.
They incubate inside us. Growing. Taking shape and form.
Some ideas thrust forth bravely. They bust right out there with all kinds of crazy energy, and you have to follow them up – right then and there.
Some ideas are slow to emerge, like that last chick to hatch, but they grow, steadily, into something real and strong.
And, yes, some ideas die. They just don’t make it, like a few of those eggs that remained forever silent.
You’ve got ideas baking – incubating- right now. It’s time to turn the light on them and see what you’ve got.
Take a day to go through your writer’s notebook and mark the passages, and the ideas, you like. Make a list. See which of them are ready to grow.
This is an important part of notebooking I often forget to do. It’s crucial. Nurture
Let them grow.
See how they develop.
At the very least, you will find something new in what you wrote.
May you have many happy discoveries and hatchlings.