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.

 

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-01/17/2020

Discouragement. Doubt. Self-rejecting.

These are the dragons writers must continually slay. It is not sufficient to leash them, they must be slain. At their deaths, you fuel your pen.

Do not reason with discouragement.

Do not listen to doubt.

Do not think so little of your imagination that you will not entertain or humor it.

Slay the dragons.

And dispatch them without mercy.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-01/15/2020

Discouragement is a hostile dictator. It must be overthrown daily! It must be studied and be subdued. Do not become a willing vessel for its whispers.

Discouragement comes and breathes fire to your imagination. Wanting to consume what is live and pumping in you to that yearns to create! It is a dragon is of the worst kind. However, it can be defeated.

When it rears its head, hissing and snapping, screaming at what you cannot do?

Slit its throat with your pen.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

The Joy Of Self-Recycling.

There is this concept of a draft-drawer on my podcast, The Writers’ Block. But the concept in its entirety is not my own. I heard the marvelous Anne Rice mention that she doesn’t throw any work away–she puts it in a drawer.

Genius!

Anne Rice says that she does this because she wants to be able to go back and revisit a work, and have something to draw from. I agree. As a writer, you need to have, to develop enough faith in your work that you value even the things you do not complete!

Enter–the Draft-Drawer.

The things you have stored away, hidden away or you find yourself second guessing? Don’t toss them away: save them. Why you may ask? Not everything that is incomplete is impossible. Not every project, every poem, every novel is created, finished in a linear fashion! Some things we start need to sit with us a while longer. The POV redone, more research added. But nothing should be tossed away because the process to create it is hard.

What is in your draft-drawer? What things have you kept? What things do you need to revisit? Why have you not revisited them?

The draft-drawer is a form of self-recycling. Your imagination is both the source and end of all things in this capacity. You control the pace and flow of the work! With you saving the work, this work undone or unpolished, you grant yourself the freedom to start again; creation is at your demand. Do not sell yourself so short as to throw something away.

The Three R’s found in Ecology are apt with writers as well, albeit with a twist:

Rethink. Reuse. Recycle.

Encouragement Pages-01/13/2020

Today, I remind you of something basic.

Every language has an alphabet, has dialects, accents and regional sayings. What I want you to remember is you are a writer. You have more than just letters to command, you have histories to bend to your will.

You have the power to replay, augment, even mystify what is familiar. You have the power to retell histories as both the victim and valiant. Don’t fear that.

The letters, the language are merely a code.

You, dear writer, need to—must!—decode it.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-01/10/2020

The WIP.

Work in Progress.

The thing about about a WIP, any WIP, is that it will take time. You have to understand that writing is done in *3 parts:

1.) Inspiration

2.) Researching/Development

3.) Producing

The writing is both art and process. Do not shy away from the process. The process is where all the good stuff is; get to the good stuff.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

*Look for this as a miniseries. Soon.

The 10-Minute Take-The 5-Mile Sprint

With all that I am up to, I am excited to get back to recording YouTube videos! I spoke bout the Ten-Minute Take this past summer. This first Ten-Minute Take will relate to the concept of the 5-mile sprint Shonda Rhimes spoke about in her book The Year Of Yes.

When I heard it, I had to break it down, expounding more and putting my stamp of approval of this concept as a fellow writer. Look for this later this morning.

It will consist of the following ideas:

5-Mile Sprint 

FIRST TEN MINUTE TAKE! (Desk of JBHarris)

• concept taken from THE YEAR OF YES (S. Rhimes)
• Put on podcast as well (Bonus episode)

Give proper credit and citations on YouTube Channel. 

Crucial takeaways:

-Why this is important?
-Why the access time this space is important?
-How does a writer access this quicker?
-How to clear the space

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Use What You Have On Hand

The free writes, the stray and floating ideas–what do you have on hand?

On Season 1 of The Writers’ Block Podcast, I talked about the this concept. I talked about how we, as writers, don’t truly know the wealth that we have! In understanding that wealth you have, you created, you may have to create something that I call, the draft-drawer.

The draft-drawer is a place where you put all the work you haven’t gotten to yet, aren’t sure where to go next, or things you got stuck on. This could even be snippets of plots, titles, or even snippets of conversation you jot! Your draft-drawer is a both a well and wealth of information!

With the new year, new decade at slow hum, don’t think that you need to recreate the wheel! That can be stressful for a writer, trust me. But you need to know is the new, potent, powerful work may just be hidden in a file. It may be incomplete. It may be in the transition from the thoughts in your head to the words and worlds on the page.

The work is there. The work has always been there. It’s your job to either find it, complete it, or find more of it.

Be brave. The world is waiting.