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-09/20/2019-Water The Gardens

When you neglect your imagination, you make its soil sun-baked and hard. It cracks and curdles under the heat of inspiration, but there is no water from anticipation of what could grow there.

You rob yourself of the joy of creation. Of wondering what could be.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-9/18/2019-Don’t Stifle

Your imagination is a living garden. Like all gardens, it can suffer from overgrowth or neglect!

Overgrowth for your imagination can lead to being bombarded with thoughts, not knowing quite where to begin. However, this is not the bliss you think it is—writers must write. You cannot, should not, make a habit of hoarding your ideas. The snakes of self-rejection and self-doubt thrive in overgrowth.

With Love & Ink

JBHarris

Learning To Swing Or How To Learn To Push

There is a discipline to writing.

That discipline, that ability to will your imagination beyond what you think is available, is what will sustain you when you think no words will come.

When I was a little girl, my Aunt Linda taught me how to swing. She told me that I had to ‘pump’. She taught me how to swing because she wasn’t always going to be there to help me to push–to get me as high up as I wanted to be. She taught me to generate my own power, my own speed, and do it from inside me.

This is the same wisdom I am going to give to you.

The power to write, even when you don’t want to, is within you. In those core muscles which make up inspiration, motivation and creation. You can do what your imagination is demanding–you must push.

In order to reach the height within, you must push.

You push past what zaps your time.

You push past the voice that tries to sap your ideas.

You push past the lie of ‘there is just no time.’

Just like you pump your knees, grabbing the links on the swing to hang on as you ascend, it will take that same tenacity to create when you don’t think you can.

What you need, you already have. Just how deep are you willing to reach down to get it.

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Keep the rhythm.

Find the beat.

Trust your talent a little bit today. What thing of light, of dark, of horror or light ate going to develop?

What (or whom) will you pull out of the air?

Trust the things your imagination sees and hears. Perhaps even chase a few.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

The Tribe Starts Here

New YouTube Channel: JBHarris Writing Services

Are you shocked?

No one is more shocked than me, honestly. With all the content that I create, the next logical step is going to a larger audience! This audience includes you lovely people, as well people whom desire to see what I do behind the scenes.

Here is a brief rundown of the channel and what to expect:

Mission

JBHarris Writing Services is a channel where help guidance, resources and teaching materials are given and made available to those desiring to become writers.

What To Expect

On the YouTube Channel, you will still see the things you love like the One Minute Words (posted on Instagram), as well as The 10-Minute Take.

I wanted to implement the 10-Minute Take this past summer, but life got in the way. The 10-Minute Take is when I take a concept or topic and expound on it for 10 minutes; this will be similar to One Minute Words.

There will be book reviews, author shout outs, and even glimpses into my TBR list! But the emphasis will always be writing, giving tools to do that better.

Scheduling

The goal in the beginning is to upload at least twice a week. There are videos that I haven’t shown on any other social media. These videos will be there as well.

So, expect a flurry of videos in the beginning, and at least two videos a week on Mondays and Fridays. There may be bonus videos sprinkled in, but those are the main two days for right now.

Don’t worry, dear ones. The blog will still be up! I will still post, and create–this is just the next leg of this journey.

I hope you’ll be the part of it.

Encouragement Pages-09/13/2019: Inside The Story Machine

*Note: This concept will be discussed on The Writers’ Block podcast on 9/26. This podcast can be found wherever you get your podcasts, see the end of the post to get all info!

I had an English professor, Dr. Karen Kalenevitch, who gave us a trick to combat the hell that is writers’ block. She told us about something she called the story machine.

Now, what is this you ask? I’ll tell you.

You take an empty bag and write random phrases, places, date or names on it and throw them in the bag. You shake it up, and pull out 3 slips of paper. From those pieces of paper, you can construct a story. Perhaps from there, a free write. From there, a draft. From that draft, a revision. From revisions, to stories.

Try it.

You may never know what you come up with.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

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Encouragement Pages-09/11/2019: For The Fallen

I know where I was on this day 18 years ago. I even know the clothes I had on. I know what was on the radio, who I was on the phone with–even the shrill in my mother’s voice when she asked if there was a movie on Channel 4 when the second plane hit the other tower.

This week will be impossible for a great many people today. Writing, journaling, is a therapeutic tool. It is a way for you to confront what you are feeling in a controlled way. It is a way to heal, reflect and analyze.

There is a way to control and deal with tragedy and mourning. There is a way to deal with loss outside of medication. Writing is a purge of the soul as well as a tool against the encroaching madness of the world.

On today, consider blank pages to scream on. They are always willing to listen.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris