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: 07/17/2019

Today, just today, work on what you love.

Today just today, work on the thing that scares you.

Today, just today, work on the work that you said you would get back to.

Today, just today, I want you to prioritize your writing.

Can you do that? Will you do that?

If you can do that for just one day, you will be amazed how quickly your life will change.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Hiding In Plain Sight

Writing as someone else is fun! I won’t lie to you (I love writing as my alter ego, Janelle!). You get to see your work in two forms: inception and reception. You get to step outside your comfort zone.

You get to explore, experiment and watch the reactions of the unsuspecting.

The gift of pen names is being able to–in the theory of imagination–is to be in two places at once. Which is intoxicating!

The one thing that I have to emphasize is that you don’t have to disclose who you write as. That’s one of those secrets that only you or your publisher need to know. But, it is a unique way to expand what you want to write, and even the persona you want to write as!

I want you to again consider hiding in plain sight. I want you to consider what it would mean for your to really explore all that your talent has to offer the world. How it will impact everything else you desire to create?

Don’t cut yourself off at the knees, beloved. Sometimes the best thing way to tell the truth, is behind a lie. Or in a voice stronger, or softer than your own.

Encouragement Pages-07/15/2019

“Take the naps.”

My adopted brother told me this, and it was a revelation! With writing, you can only think the same. This is why.

Writing, the dirty little secret about it, is hard. Good writing is harder still. Good writing keeps people engaged, guessing and mad they have to go to sleep and can’t read all night. Good writing sometimes takes you to dark places, and coming back from those places requires rest. It requires resilience. And tenacity.

Take the writer naps. They help.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages- 07/12/2019

I want to talk to you about icebergs.

Everything that is easily visible is always seen at top of it. No one sees the width and depth of the ice, even close up.

The same thing goes with your WIP’s. No one sees how deep it all goes. No one sees the sleepless nights. The crippling self-doubt. The lack of support. The lack of time. The sacrifices of sleep, money and time you didn’t think you had! And most of all, the writing. The creating. The breaking through the walls, jumping the fences to complete the work.

No one sees the work. But they will always have something to say about what they see.

So, give them something to see.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-07/10/2019

Failure.

Rejection letters.

Denials.

I know they hurt, and they seem so unfair, dear one. But I want to applaud you for your bravery in submitting. I want to tell you that I am proud of you for seeing a work all the way to the end! I want to tell you how proud I am of you for taking an idea in your head and putting it down. I want to commend your bravery in finding a site, a contest or a podcast to submit your work to! Most writers keep writing as a hobby because they fear other people looking at or judging their work.

That is a coin of the realm beloved. Rejection, critiques and criticisms come with the territory of submitting work–in any medium! You will have people that love your work and some whom will think you have no business writing the alphabet! But, there are people whom think still that women shouldn’t be writers. That think that Black people can’t/shouldn’t/don’t do horror. There are people that believe Laurel K. Hamilton shouldn’t have written the Anita Blake series. There are people that believe the 50 Shades of Grey series is horrible! There are people that believe Twilight is toliet paper!

There takes all writers, and all imaginations to make a world, dear ones.

Be part of that world.

Keep writing.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Why You Need A Nome De Plume

I’m a fan of experimentation. I am a fan of writers finding their footing, however they can get it. This may mean you try more than one genre before you find a home. This may even mean that you have your wheelhouse genre, and a genre that you want to dabble in. With this dabbling as it were, you may feel the need to shift a little bit.

In that shifting, you may want to become someone else. This may be for professional reasons, or personal ones. The example I most often refer to is Anne Rice when she wrote The Sleeping Beauty trilogy. Her father, a devout Catholic, was still alive, and she didn’t him to judge her for the work. Or embarrass him. In writing under the name A.N. Roquelaire, she was able to write what she wanted, and preserve her perfessional integrity.

With Joanne K. Rowling, her publisher told her that in order to have more young men interested in Harry Potter she should change her name. So, JK Rowling she became and has stayed. The choice of a pen name is serious, dear ones. In the choosing of an alter ego, you are (in essence) becoming another person. You are writing as someone that is not totally you. That may be a little disarming. But it is up to you.

In choosing to write under a pen name, you are giving yourself a permission few people are granted. It is a power that few people get to possess and implement! As a writer, with a pen, name you can have your imagination broadened. You take the limits off what you consider your home genre to me. You can even bend genders (ie Mary Wollencraft Shelley and the Bronte Sisters).

Can you be a writer, and a successful writer, without a pen name? Of course you can! Not every writer even wants a pen name! But, its a tool. And every writer needs those. In having this as a tool, you can broaden your creative horizons. Every writer needs that.

Writing is a journey, and on the way to success and consistent footing, you are allowed to make adjustments. So if you are on your way to finding your footing and need another avenue for a way forward–consider becoming someone else. Maybe for a little while.

You won’t regret it.

Encouragement Pages-07/08/2019

There is no time like the present.

The enemy of any writer is always going to be time. It will always be time. That will be your consistent enemy–and asset. You have time if you make it. If you consistently choose to waste time, you won’t have it. Let me tell you, there is nothing so sorry and desperate as a stressed writer.

Ask me how I know…

But time, my dear oracles, scribes, writers and storytellers is on your side. Even if you have to steal it from other places.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris