December 2022: In The Deep

Write out the hope.

Write down the hope.

As this year ends, I want to give you the reassurance that hope is a cornerstone of your writing, oil in your creative engine. I want to remind you of the power you have! Every writer has it, they don’t always exercise it.

I’m included in that.

Yet, I am learning that hope is rooted in trust. It is rooted in believing that what you know will occur! Hope is in faith’s waiting room.

As you end your year of 2022, I want you to write in hope. This way, you can continue to write in power.

Encouragement Pages-12/05/2022

Note: Look for the miniseries Critics, Critiques, & Commentary in January 2023.

Critics are a necessary part of The Arts.

There are people whom have made their careers and life’s work off of telling artists what they cannot do. Or should not be doing! As you begin this journey of writing and publishing, remember critics will come.

IT IS WHAT THEY DO.

Critics criticize.

Writers write.

Guess what you should do?

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

November 2022: Remember The Beginning

If you write like someone is looking over your shoulder, you will never write.

The writers’ eye is unique in that it is able to record, to see, challenge…and believe.

Through moods of fiction, non-fiction, essay, or allegory–we are after that sight. We are after that sight–wanting what we see to be real, being daring enough to make it so.

What shall you give to the story you create? The idea you want? The thing you are scared of?

Your vision. Your sight. Your imagination. Your story.

You can do it.

November 2022: Secret Selves

Every superhero has a secret identity–a self known only to them, and a persona to the world.

In putting more into the world, in writing what you want to see–you may have to employ (or exercise) a pen name. There is no same in that. There may be ideas you want to explore which for the want of decency (or in my case a Baptist upbringing), that you have to explore with the cloak of a pen name.

Writers must become comfortable with using all resources at the ready, accessing a bravery few people have, or ever will. The goal still is to write what you want, as you want, and being aware that you have permission to create what you want.

Like you want.

When you want.

As you want it.

Be brave and keep going.