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.

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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Jennifer P. Harris

Editor/Founder-JBHarris Writing Services

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Study Your Craft: Take A Workshop!

I am a fan of workshops! They are a place of resources, networking and brainstorming. They are places where you can study, as well as participate. Think of workshops as a type of recess for your brain! Why is it recess? Well, recess is a time to play or exercise–workshops give that! They are places to allow you to learn, ask questions, get critique and network! How will you ever know what you are good at–or how to improve it!–if you never share what you are doing!

The greater thing about workshops is they are constructed to suit the needs of writers. Yes, there are the more traditional workshops that are scheduled according to the desire of a facilitator. Then, there are those workshops which are modeled more after an on-going group. Here, writers are given a safe space to be mentored, become mentors and to even receive guidance to be the writer they desire to become.

While the success of a workshop is subjective, it must be emphasized that success is determined by what you are willing to contribute to it.

Are you willing to ask questions?

Are you willing to admit that you don’t know everything?

Are you willing to try new things?

Are you willing to participate as well as be lead?

Are you willing to write–and even write beyond your comfort zone?

If you answer to any of these questions is “Yes”, then a workshop (either traditional or in a group setting) is just the tool you need to become the writer you dream of being. Find your tribe! Find your people and invest in your talent. After your find your people, make them read your stuff.

Encouragement Pages-11/26/2020: Bonus (3 WRITING PROMPTS)

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Now, with that out of the way, let’s get to the good stuff.

For this holiday, I have three prompts either stimulate your imagination or to give you a reprieve from family (#TooMuchTogetherness). 

Prompt #1:  Imagine your happiest Thanksgiving. Now,  imagine meeting your future self or younger self at this gathering.

Prompt #2:  You are walking home from a Thanksgiving event, and pass a vacant house and see lights on. No one has lived there in years. What do you do next?

Prompt #3:   Imagine yourself as a wandering ghost, looking at another family dining in your family home. 

If you want to submit your prompt, feel free! Email your prompt to writelife.jbharris@gmail.com. They will be featured here and on The Writers’ Block podcast! Get them end by December 30, 2020! Good luck!

Encouragement Pages-11/25/2020-The Power Of Setting (Part 3/3)

A well-written story will transport you. It will give your mind something for your imagination to envision. This is the magic that writing gives, that crafting a story gives. You want your reader to be both involved and engaged!

Take your readers to places known only to you.

Show them the places that you thought up!

Scare them in the empty rooms you take them to!

Don’t skimp on the details.!

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Facts, Truths And Focus: Retreats And Workshops Are What You Make Them

Let me tell you a simple truth. Retreats and workshops are tools. They are things which are able to sharpen the talent and gifts that you have. Being a writer does not make you a wizard, dear one. This is gift is one that you must work at, and work to be successful. Good writing doesn’t just occur. It doesn’t just happen–it is worked at. One of the reasons such resources exist are to encourage those whom write the confidence to write better! There is nothing wrong with wanting to improve you talent. There is nothing wrong with believing  you do something well, only to desire to that thing better! Writing, truly pursuing this–will require an investment; the primary investment is time. Always time. Let me give this formula:  Facts + Truths = Focus.  The fact is simple:  you are a writer.  The truth is, you could write better–there is a way to do what you do better. With those things compiled will only yield focus! It is this simple formula which will prepare you for the challenges posed by and through any workshop or retreat. Don’t push away from this process, dear Oracle. If you want to write, be a better writer even, you must write.

Encouragement Pages-11/23/2020-The Power Of Setting (Part 2/3)

Lazy writers skimp on the thinks movie directors zone in on.

What am I saying?

As you are creating your world inside your own universe, take into account what it means to be in a place. What do the walls look like? What does it smell like? What does it look like when the sun is out? Is it loud at night? Is it quiet in the morning?

These things matter.

Details matter.

Don’t skimp on the details.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Writing In Community-Why Retreats Are (Not) Needed–The Cons

Writing retreats, if not taking seriously, are vacations! You are basically wasting people’s time otherwise! If you don’t write at home, in your dedicated writing space, what makes writing in place where you have to pay to be at will be any different? Let me tell you why you should think twice before you into a writing workshop:

  1. Time. Writing is labor and time-intensive. It just is! If you can’t figure out how to write when you need to at home, why would you want to divert from your daily routine in order to write? These spaces are reserved for people whom want to write, and need the space to do so! Consider the value of your time, and everyone else’s before you attend.

2. Scheduling. Most writing retreats operate on and in certain time constraints. You have to be there at a certain time, to leave at a certain time, and while you’re there? The expectation is that you fully participate in your chosen or assigned workshop. If you aren’t there to learn or participate fully in your craft, why waste time and money?

3. Focus. One of the reason (even if it is the most basic) why you shouldn’t go on a writing retreat is it will require you to focus. It will require you be steadfast in the same resolve that got you there in the first place! You decided to invest in your talent by way of a retreat. One of those ways you pay it forward from that investment is focus. This 5-letter world will enable you to accomplish all you planned to do in this particular arena! Without it, nothing can be done! Be mindful that even though retreats can be restful (and should be!), you came there on and for a mission. Use your time wisely, and invest where you want to best reap maximum benefit.

If you desire to write, to be a writer, you are going to have to get comfortable writing! Whether alone, in groups, or if no one else will read it. Nothing can be read if you don’t write it first. If you won’t write at home, save you money, honey. A retreat is not what is needed–redirection is.