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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.

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Jennifer P. Harris

Editor/Founder-JBHarris Writing Services

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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.

Encouragement Pages-08/12/2019

I want to remind you today to give you the reminder to give credit where credit is due–even if that’s to yourself!

Remember that every story starts as an idea! From that idea, is birthed the start of any story. Writing is one of the few hobbies or professions where you get credit for starting.

For STARTING.

You are starting. So, start.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-08/09/2019-For The Novices

Today, I want you to do the scary thing: begin.

I want you to stop talking about your idea. I want you to stop ‘rolling it around in your head.’ I want you to stop talking about ‘what you will do when you get time.’ Today, begin.

Start.

Commence.

Trust yourself enough, if just today, give yourself permission to start. Give yourself the freedom to express what is in your head. Give yourself the respect of your own thoughts–and write them down.

Start, dear ones.

If you can think it up, you can write it down.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Shameless plug: If you need more help and encouragement, make sure you follow The Writer’s Block wherever you get your podcasts (Anchor, Spotify, Google Play, Apple Podcast). Start from the beginning, and then start your own. -JBH

Encouragement Pages-08/07/2019-For The Novices

Stephen King said the scariest part is right before you begin.

I concur.

The scary part sometimes is just starting. The picking out the idea, the topic, or person is scary. But allow me to be your lighthouse a moment. All those things–people, places and things—are yours to command! Your imagination is yours.

When you write, do so as if no one is looking at you, or watching. This is essential. If you write like someone is watching you, nothing of substance will come from you.

Write as if the world may never see it. From there? You will have the power, and certainty, to share with the world.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Writing 101: Let’s Start With The Basics…

Like with any heavy subject matter, it is always better to start with terminology.

All these terms are going to be defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary:

Sharing.

the full or proper portion or part allotted or belonging to or contributed or owed by an individual or group.one of the equal fractional parts into which the capital stock of a joint-stock company or a corporation is divided. verb (used with object), shared, shar·ing.

to divide and distribute in shares; apportion.to use, participate in, enjoy, receive, etc., jointly:The two chemists shared the Nobel prize.

verb (used without object), shared, shar·ing.

to have a share or part; take part (often followed by in).to divide, apportion, or receive equally.

Credit. noun.

commendation or honor given for some action, quality, etc.:Give credit where it is due.a source of pride or honor:You are a credit to your school.the ascription or acknowledgment of something as due or properly attributable to a person,institution, etc.:

Plagiarism. noun
an act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another author without authorization and the representation of that author’s work as one’s own, as by not crediting the original author.

As you begin your assignments and your works in progress this month, keep these terms in mind. I want you to know that writing is a profession and a process that depends a lot on merit. You have to know that inspiration is one thing, and cultivating that is needed and necessary. But in that inspiration, you must know that as a writer, as a part of this guild, you are now part of a sect that values intellectual property, ideas, and their protection.

You have to be honorable about your intent when you write!

You can share work that is not yours–you just can’t claim you wrote it.

When you give a writer credit, proper cited credit, you are a credit to this guild. Intellectual property is a thing! Taking credit for something your did not write is unacceptable.

Plagiarism is not the sincerest form of flattery: it is the highest grade stealing! It is not mimicking! It is taking work that is not yours, and making it yours.

Plagiarism is not reconcilable with the creative process. My merit and virtue of this progress, you should be able to conceive, create and translate your own work from thought to a chosen medium. Click here for a resource to help make sure your work isn’t plagiarized (pro-tip: most academic institutions will ask you to submit your work through a site to make sure your work is yours, dear one.)

But as a rule of thumb, consider these three things to keep in mind as you write:

1.) If I shared it, did I cite it? (Make sure you know your writing styles (APA, MLA, etc–including footnotes!)

2.) Did I mention the author/author’s work? If I did, I need to give proper credit.

3.) Is the work I wrote my work? If it is not, start again.

Now, that you know the basics, next week, we can dive in.


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