Welcome!

I have always loved writing, and I know that skill of verbal, written expression is not easy for everyone. The goal here at JBHarris Writing Services is to make that process less stressful.

The blog here is designed to be a source of comfort, resources and focus. A place for a writer to be a writer–flaws, insecurities, hangups and all. And that’s okay too!

The blog has the following categories for easy reference:

Announcements/Services:

All things that are happening on the site or in the immediate future.

Editor’s Reflections:

I freelance edit from time to time and these are musings or things I have encountered while editing other work.

From The Writing Desk:

I’m a writer, and these are reflections and musings from the vantage point of an indie writer and published author.

Motivation:

Every writer from time to time needs to be reminded to keep going.

One Minute Motivation: 

These are quick thoughts about/on writing and its process at 300 words or less.

Workshop Overview:

As a writer/blogger/author, I am all about sharing the wealth. Watch this space for links to workshops or talks.

Writer Corner:

Here are interviews with writers that I know and I believe you should know too.

There is also a portion of the site that caters to those just getting started with writing and need my editing services! Feel free to contact with me with any questions you may have and the writing needs you would like met.

Happy Writing!

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Thank you for coming by!

Jennifer P. Harris

Editor/Founder-JBHarris Writing Services

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Encouragement Pages- 06/26/2019-Start & Stop

We know sometimes the writing process is most taxing.

Even the Grande Dame herself, Octavia Butler, said that there will be times as a writer where you would rather clean toliets than write! However, don’t let that deter you. Sure, allow yourself the days in which you unplug from any work or WIP. Don’t beat yourself up about it either.

Sometimes new work requires the resting of an old set of eyes.

Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Here Is A Mystery: The Power Of The Continued Yes

I never set out to be a blogger.

I thought since I considered myself writer, most writers didn’t become bloggers. I think that is a little elitist looking back on it. The steady quote I ground myself with is by Christopher Priest:

“A real writer can write anything.”

It wasn’t until a recently as 2 years ago, that I finally was brave enough to call myself a real writer. I was afraid if I did, that I would be adrift in the creative world around me. However, in reclaiming my talent, and being confident in what I knew I could do. I was a writer. In being a writer, I could write anything. No topic is strange. No idea too far. I could even start a blog.

I said ‘yes’ to my talent. I said ‘yes’ to projects, and being a part of creative spaces. Saying ‘yes’ allowed me to own all I would create. I was free to develop my craft and voice. I reclaimed my artistic self. It is from, for and because of that reclamation, that you have found a space here, dear Writer-Scribe-Oracle.

You don’t know how far you will go if you never go.

All work starts with a yes. No matter the size, topic, width and breadth of the work, all starts with a yes. Here is what you say yes to.

YES I will:

-claim the title of writer.

-write this story/essay/post.

-write about new topics.

– be confident in my imagination.

-follow my imagination to its conclusion.

Becoming a writer, holding that title, is incredible. The mystery lies in you and your ability to give weight to what it is you create. Or desire to create. Give yourself credit and appreciate the progress as you go.

Writing, like life, is a journey.

I believe in you. Take your pens, your cache of paper, and full imagination and create. Go solve your own mystery of the talent you hold. One word at a time. But go.

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Encouragement Pages: 06/21/2019-Starve & Feed

You must make a decision when you decide to become a writer.

There is this constant shifting and balancing of what you can and will do regarding your talent–and the time allocated to use it.

Doubt will be a constant companion when you are what the world calls ‘creatives’. Doubt is subtle, insidious and utterly useless. It is useless because it offers no help to what you are deciding to build. It offers no assistance to creating, sustaining or maintaining what vision has given to you.

If you feed your talent–it will only increase.

If your feed your doubt–nothing will change. Or begin.

Choose wisely.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages: 06/19/2019-Slay The Dragon

Doubt is an uncomfortable, messy roommate.

It has a key to your creative house, and knocks stuff over. It eats all your brain food. And it sits at your desk, or sleeps in your bed–putting you out of your comfy space.

You have to put it out!

You take the keys back from doubt every time you pick up a pen. Every time you research. Every time you pick up your work. Every time your call yourself a writer in public, private and when asked. Doubt deflates when you believe in what you can do.

Doubt will never able to live where faith in self lives!

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Tell The Work ‘Yes’

WIPs.

Work in progress.

I love new projects. I love the excitement of them. I love when fire comes through fingertips as a new thing is being formed. That is the magic of any and all drafts.

This is what writer’s chase.

What I think is the most devastating thing is when you have an idea for a work, and won’t even try to see where it will go. It may be a hang up, it may be confidence, but don’t ever think that it should be discarded! Your thoughts are valuable. Your talent belongs to you.

Do not tell the work “No.”

Not everything will be a novel, this much is true. Not every story will become a short story, or even see eyes other than yours. But, how do you know this, if you don’t write it down? How do you know if you haven’t allowed the idea to grow or bloom from the pages? You can’t remember everything!

Say ‘Yes’ to the work.

Saying ‘yes’ to the work requires you to surrender to what you don’t understand fully–which is the breadth of your talent. The depth of it. Following ideas even when they may be uncomfortable. Even if that means you follow it to a comfy stopping point. Even when you write to your level of time and comfort to put away the work. Until you have time to pick it up again.

Say ‘yes’ to the stories yet to be told.

Say ‘yes’ to the stories you are already working on.

Say ‘yes’ to the things you’re even scared to write!

But don’t give in to the doubt that wishes to drown you. Don’t listen to the thoughts that tell you to stop and abandon all hope of success. Let me tell you a secret: sometimes the success is just to start.