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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.

Podcast:  The Writers’ Block

Here you have access to all the latest and greatest information as it relates to writing:  including challenges, resources and tools. And always, encouragement!

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.

 

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Editor/Founder-JBHarris Writing Services

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Take All The Time You Need

Writing is a process.

Writing is a journey.

No writing journey is, should be, is a planned to be linear! Time is relative in the life of a writer. It, too, is a tool. It needs to be something you do because you love to do it, or because you have a plethora of things to say! Either way, you are writing BECAUSE you have something to say.

Self-rejection as an artist can be cyclic, triggered by situations and our own mental health! Recognizing what contributes to your writing journey (or lack of one), is imperative to your success as a writer! This journey will be demanding. It will be challenging. It will be rewarding and satisfying as you take the time to cultivate it!

Be gentle with yourself.

Be accountable to yourself.

Remember you write for yourself first. Don’t deprive you, of YOU.

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Your talent is the coin of the realm, a saving grace to the gloom of a bland world.

Flex the muscles, dear ones.

Write the pages, word by word.

Don’t fear the letters your hands have mastered!

Don’t fear the words that may be misspelled!

Fear the destruction of the worlds which will be destroyed if you do not write them down.

Fear NOT writing more than writing. It will always be more scary to begin than to end.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

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The pages are calling you? Can you hear it?

The blank pages, the new pens, and the cache of anxious notebooks. Seduce and subdue the sires with sweat, passion and ink. Pay for your talent with ink.

Imagination will always be the collateral.

Talent will be the financing that gets drafts completed.

Time is your only credit.

Get to work. The world is waiting on your words.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

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Banishing Scriptophobia & Graphophobia

Note: These are real psychological conditions and they need to be treated with respect. With that said, fear is a source of self-rejection. So, let us examine this. -JBHarris

Scriptophobia: fear of writing in public

Graphophobia: fear of writing (or even thinking of writing)

Fear is the root of self-rejection as it relates to writing! Fear is a liar, a gossip, a mocking bird, and a hole in the bottom of any ship! It is the enemy of imagination. Let me say it again:

FEAR IS THE ENEMY OF IMAGINATION!

When confronting these serious circumstances, let me say these four things—

Fear is natural, not normal. There are some things about writing that are frightening. But most of this fear comes from what other people may think about your work! The red pens, the Omnipotent No and the rejection of manuscripts. Fear of rejection comes with the territory of writing. Yet, you must bear in mind this one thing, “I have the ability to write whatever I want, and I have the freedom to write whatever I want.”

Make this your mantra. It will save your sanity!

See what scares you. The thing that keeps your from writing, has to be seen in order to be confronted. The most important question you must ask yourself is, “What is scaring me about this work?” I cannot emphasize this enough! Aside from asking yourself, “What am I going to write about?” You have to ask yourself if there is something relating to this work–or a future work–that could cause you to be scared to write it. Here, right here, is where writers get and become stuck. If you cannot confront what is scaring you, if you will not confront what is stopping you, you will ever write.

Think about this! Do you want to be in such a blockage that you cannot create anything else…because you don’t believe you can!

See the problem, dear ones. Stop running from it.

*Note: Trauma is a real thing, and anxiety is real. Know that help is available, and you are entitled to ask for what you need. Artists sometimes are the people whom need to confront what bothers them, what hurts them in order to write as they need. Don’t release the gift without a fight!

Schedule, prep time and relaxing. When confronting this level of fear and apprehension, getting a routine together to write/create is comforting. Even if that is 5 minutes to think about what you want to write. In that time, take 5 deep breaths–thinking on what you want to write about. Focus your energy on being relaxed enough to imagine. From that, try and write for five minutes. Consider this akin to learning to walk again. You have to give yourself time. Be gentle with yourself. Take it one step at a time.

Slay the dragons. Write. You have to write through the fear! You MUST write through the fear. Remember, the first person you write for is yourself! The first person who is your first fan of your work is YOU! The rest of the world will come–if you want.

Tip: Try keeping a journal. Don’t commit to a word count or page count. Just write. Whatever it is, whatever you feel. Just write it down.

This is a start, my Oracles. Take this tricks. Take these tools and slay your dragons. I know you can.

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Upheaval is when writers do their best work. In doing the best work, remember where you joy is. Remember to write from where the joy is–locate it!

Once your locate it, you can never lose it.

As Maya Angelou said, “Every storm runs out of rain.”

And sometimes, just sometimes you pen can map the storms–before they come.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

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Dejà Vú All Over Again: Roots Of Self-Rejection

My Oracles, this one was tough. But I hope this sweetly told truth will help. -JBHarris

For artists, I think, we have a special burden.

We have a second sight: we see the world as is and as it could be. With that, there are forces in the world that shun those that see and see through the world around them.

Yet…those gifts and talents remain. For every writer that freed themselves of the bondage of this critical, analytical world, to write and create as they want, there are those whom haven’t. For them, today, I want you to know that I understand. I also understand how it happens. I call it the Family of Ations:

Expectations.

Realizations.

Confrontations.

The parents of this Family of Ations is always EXPECTATIONS. There is nothing wrong with wanting more for yourself or setting a goal. But the problem is when other people’s expectations become yours–or drown out your own. Expectations are the dreams of other people force-fed to those whom are not hungry. Case in point: My father wanted me to go to med school; when I decided that I wanted to be a writer, he never looked at me the same. Yet, I wanted to write anyway! I would have had more joy (I think) were my father just supposed me instead of trying to make me become who he thought I should be. You must set your own expectations for what you want from your writing life and career.

The siblings of this family are REALIZATIONS. Expectations set the tone for how you except yourself, and the realizations from when what people think begins to remake what you think about yourself. Here–at this point–is when you either become free of other people’s expectations to strike out on your own, or you stop believing in what you know is true for yourself. Do not let the Family of Ations siblings bully you! Tell them to leave you be and you create anyway!

The cousins to this Family of Ations are CONFRONTATIONS. These are the the fights that happen, the open and secret conversations that happen as you try do the thing you love to do. In this case, its writing. There will be the people that tell you ‘its a pipe dream’, ‘its just passion projects’, and ‘you can’t make any money writing’ or what my own father told me: “You can’t eat with an English degree.”

Yet, here I am. Writing, with a day job, yes. But I’m writing because this is what I love to do! This is what I want to do because I’m good at it, I’m really good at it.

I had to set my OWN expectations: I had to ignore the people that didn’t believe in me.

I had to make my OWN realizations: I decided to pursue this with my whole heart. If I had to keep a day job to do it I was fine with that.

I had to make peace with knowing I will have to handle these confrontations as they come. I had to make peace with the snide comments, the doubts, the false support –and general disbelief in me (or you.)

Ignore it.

Write anyway.

John Wilmot, The Earl of Rochester said it best. “Your critics fall into two categories: stupid and envious. The stupid will love you in 5 years, and the envious never will.” Your job is to create…

Draw the stars. Worry about who looks at them later.

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What are you waiting for?

There is a need within you to write, so why on Earth are you ignoring it? You have worlds within you waiting to be shown and explored!

Be brave and explore them…one word at a time.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris