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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Look it up!

Writers are these weird people with thee strangest walking around information!

Example: The pH of blood is 7.35.

Yes, that’s a real fact. But, I digress.

Writers need to remain curious! Things that intrigue you, scare you, turn you on, look them up! Your research base as a writer needs to be ever expanding!

This includes words you don’t know—vocabulary is still your meat and potatoes. Remember that.

Good luck!

I believe in you!

In Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-08/21/2019-Begin The Beginning

The beginning of any work is either going to stress you or satisfy you. There is no in-between. There are times where the writing is forced, uncomfortable and may be hard as German algebra! However, wear some get lost is when you don’t fight through a rough beginning.

Don’t be afraid to challenge, to rework, to reevaluate or even change a point of view for one of your characters! You are the creator and the destroyer of worlds.

Go and do what writing demands.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Inspiration Vs. Plagiarism

All writing is done from some sort or point of inspiration. All of it. From the Bible to blog pieces. Inspiration fuels all of it. But, what JBHarris Writing Services must remind you that writing has three main components: thought, inspiration and process.

Thought.

What are you going to write about?

Inspiration.

What are you going to base your work on?

Process.

Putting your thoughts on/in a written or legible medium.

Now, with this clarified, I must remind you of what plaigarism and the three types that are found in academic or creative writing:

plagiarism. noun

the practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own.

Types:

Direct plagiarism: most common; word-for-word copying

Self plagiarism: student submits his or her own previous work, or mixes parts of previous works, without permission from all professors involved.  Self plagiarism:

Mosaic plagiarism: student borrows phrases from a source without using quotation marks, or finds synonyms for the author’s language while keeping to the same general structure and meaning of the original. Sometimes called “patch writing.”

Accidental plagiarism: accidental plagiarism occurs when a person neglects to cite their sources, or misquotes their sources, or unintentionally paraphrases a source by using similar words, groups of words, and/or sentence structure without attribution.

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If you have been asked to create a work for a class, or embarking on the journey of creating an independent creative work, you are in control. You must protect the integrity of your created work! You must protect the integrity of the work you cite!

If you did not create it, you cannot claim it!

As a writer, your first job is to read! From that reading, you are bound to be inspired. If you are a working writer, it doesn’t take much to stimulate your imagination. But I want you to know, with any type of writing, imitation is not the sincerest form of flattery. And never will be.

There is a demonstrable difference between having a work inspire you, and copying that same inspired work. The goal of inspiration is to be stimulated to create. It is a mockery of inspiration if you will make no attempt to create something from your artistic self! It is not inspiration if you just copy the ideas of someone else–claiming their brilliance as your own.

Inspiration is always fuel: your imagination, your talent is the real power. If you plagiarize, where will your voice and power be seen or shown?

There is nothing authentic about stealing the voice out of someone else’s throat? It renders both of you mute!

Audre Lorde said the thing about fire is that you have to be believe that you have it. Inspiration is that fire–plagiarism will always douse it.

Encouragement Pages-08/19/2019-Begin The Beginning

The scary part is always the start.

The scary part will ever be not even the part where you decide to begin, as Stephen King advises. It will be where you decide you have an idea you want to explore. When you decide you want to take a daydream, a random thought, and stretch it to a reading reality.

I want you to know picking an idea is scarier than actually writing about it.

But write anyway.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-08/16/2019-The Flow Of It All

This is a deeper concept that you think.

The Flow, the Stream, The Inspiration, whatever you call it–that unmistakable surge of power and energy–it is three-fold.

It can be created.

It can be maintained.

It can be destroyed.

What I admonish you to do as your contemplate giving up on your work, or another working day, is to consider what grants you the most energy. It is music? A walk outside? Sex?

Hey, I have heard stories!

I want you to learn to cultivate these spaces. I want you to learn your own habits and patterns when you write! I want you to learn what your distractions are. What, where, who your joys are!

I want you to be able to harness, cultivate and ride your inspiration. Not be subject to it.

You can do it.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-08/14/2019-With The Glory

“To the victor go the spoils!”

Concentrate on your process, dear ones. I want to remind you that you are going to have to fight a little bit for your work. You are going to have to adapt a relentlessness about your work.

You will have to be determined from conception to completion.

The story was given to you—and so it must be completed by you.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

What Does It Mean To ‘Steal’?

Now, we are all adults.

I should not have to remind you what stealing is, and how detrimental it is. Especially, in matters of intellectual property.

Stealing is taking something from someone that is not yours.

Here at JBHarris Writing Services, I want to add to this definition as I expand. Theft/Stealing:

1.) is taking an idea, a concept, even a story that is not yours; that you did not contribute to;

2.) is taking an idea, concept, idea and erasing any mention of the artist you were inspired by; taking this concept and making it your own.

3.) is assuming credit, honor, accolades for a work you did not write, influence or create.

Now, that we have this definition firm and expanded, let me explain how detrimental it is to steal someone’s intellectual property. It is already stressful to begin a work; follow the process to complete that work; only to have someone admire it–and steal it. Not because they have no talent (in some cases), they have no desire to create!

As I have said before, writing is one of those profession which is fostered nd grown by respect and merit. You cannot call yourself a writer just take another writer’s work! You cannot claim work you did not write as your own!

Pro-tip: You can be sued for the theft of intellectual property.

In legal circles, this is called copyright infringement. One of the most prominent cases of this is Sophia Stewart. I invite you to read the 20-year saga she endured while watching her work be stolen, and returned to her.

Stealing work from a writer, is more than a lazy act. It is the taking of time, talent, energy or effort. It is a piracy of imagination!

As a writer: whether it is a book report, an academic essay, or dissertation, you cannot take a work you did not write to claim it as yours. If you decide to do this, if you decide that taking words you didn’t write, and attach your name? Any power or talent that you have to create on your own is nullified. It will be under constant suspicion and scrutiny.

Stealing is not honoring the writer–it is jeopardizing that writer’s work! But a thieving writer is the worst type! They are neither to be trusted nor taken seriously. A writer that will not lean on, develop their own talent, is a writer whom should not be allowed to siphon from either attributes of another writer whom does.