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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-11/15/2019

I want you to take a journey with me real quick.

Imagine the ideal book you want to read. A story to fall in love with! Dynamic characters, great plot and settings you can see in your mind’s eye!

Now, imagine you writing it.

You, yes you.

The book you want to read, you may have to write. Toni Morrison reminds us that.

Get to it.

Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-11/13/2019

What would you need for writing to be perfect?

What would you need to maintain the writing and its perfection?

Now that you have that hot and fresh in your mind–scratch it and burn it.

Why? Here is why.

Writing time, schedules and circumstances may never be perfect. Ever. If there were, there would be more writers! There are even certain books of the Christian Bible that are/were written under times of war, panic and duress!

There may never be a perfect time to write, but you have to make the time you have perfect. Trust me, it’s possible.

Love & Ink,

JBHarris

The Uncomfortable Truth: Do You Want To Even BE A Writer?

Sometimes, it’s the questions you don’t wanna answer, which need the most urgent ones.

By now, you all are aware of this cool concept of MasterClass. This is app available on Android and Apple iOS which has all sorts of famous people teaching their crafts. These classes include music, cooking, sports, film and writing.

One thing that I thought was interesting was the quote that Martin Scorsese said about film-making. In paraphrasing, he said that if film-making is a not something you cannot live without doing, ‘then this class is not for you.’

What I will tell you is that writing is demanding for those of us that do it. Writing is, can be, something that we as writers do naturally, like breathing.

The gratitude of doubt, as hard as this is to hear, perhaps writing is not what you want to do. You may have wanted to be a writer, tried to be a writer–and the doubts may have overwhelmed you.

Remember, the doubts come as gut-checks. They check your motives: you are supposed to acknowledge it, but not hang on to it.

Check out this series in September 2019. Go now. You won’t regret it.

However, I want you to take artistic inventory. I want you to think hard about what it is you want, and desire to do. If you want to write, you will find a way to do that. If you desire not to write, you will find every reason not to.

At this point? You should put it down. Put up the pen. Scrap the work. Don’t share new work. Give it up. A good rule of thumb I have discovered if you feel this way, is to give up writing up for a season. A chronological season is 3 months, 90 days. If you can be a peace with not writing–this means not writing, not thinking of writing, no desire to write–it is safe to assume writing is not what you want to do. However, if you feel called to it, want to go back to it, feeling that you cannot be your whole self without it, then I suggest you get back to the work at the end of those 90 days. Whatever you thought about writing in that time away from it, start the next season with that work.

Writing for us whom love this craft, won’t give it up. We do not give it up easily. If you feel that you can? Well, the world is a big place; you have the freedom to do other things. Try other things. Perhaps writing is not the thing which calls to you. It is better you find that out now, rather than later.

There is nothing so sad (or scary) as a writer whom does not write.

Encouragement Pages-11/11/2019

I want you to know that you control your talent.

I want you to know that no one can tell you want to write.

I want you to know that what you write, what you choose not to write, is completely up to you.

I want you to know that what you desire to create, you can.

You have your freedom.

Use it.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-11/08/2019

Claim your space.

This is what writers do, and sometimes we do it better than anyone else. As a writer you have the power available to you to claim space even when you are no longer in your mortal body to speak them yourself.

You see, James Baldwin was right. Writers have work to do. Sometimes this work is thankless, hard and completely overwhelming. But, you are a writer. You can do it–you can find the rhythm in it chaos of letters, thoughts and research.

Snatch the words.

Bend the pages.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Getting Over It

Writing is hard. Writing is real hard. I wish that I could express to you–truly!–how hard this. Being able to pull something out of the nebulous creative ether and share that to other people?

It’s hard.

But what I want you to know something, and I will try my best not to sound conceited.

The cool thing about being a writer, is that not everyone can do it.

The hard thing about being a writer, is that not everyone can do it.

The impossible thing about being a writer, is that no everyone can do it.

For every work that you create, there will be a doubt. No matter how quick, not matter how long, no matter how infrequent. The doubt will be there. Almost like a too tight safety belt.

But, there is something to this. What I want you to do when doubt crops up is embrace it, not hold it. This is something that you will learn with time, and as you get comfortable writing.

Embrace the doubt= you realize doubt is there.

Not hold it= doubt will always be a weight, and it is not to be entertained long.

That is the thing about writing. You have to be able to believe you can do it, before you can ever do it. It is the doubt that allows you to still look at a work with some degree of respect–and realize that every piece, every work in project is your responsibility. To care for. And complete.Being a creative has a certain weight and heft to it. Some part of that creative is, does require a radical belief in self.

With that ability, do one thing for me: be grateful.

There are those of us along with journey to writing or creativity that hold on to doubt. Who forget that writing is not as natural for others as it is to us. Or, they allow the doubts of others to be projected on their own talents and cease to create anything. Or anything else.

But gratitude, that is the counterweight to doubting while creating. Your gratitude will allow and plow room towards what it is you want to create. Honor your talent. Honor your commitment.

Putting off the writing never makes it easier.

Taking your creativity for granted only makes you ungrateful.

An ungrateful writer is one most unpleasant to be around. Besides, there is nothing like a good bout of Writer’s Block to make one humble. Trust me.