Encouragement Pages: 5/31/19

I want you to go back to the drawing board today.

I want you to go on your computer, the Cloud, phone or desk drawer. I want you to look at your work.

The unfinished. The unstarted. The drafts. The doubts.

I want you to look at your work.

I want you to be aware that these pieces of tangible imagination came from you.

Now, with that same bravery, pick one to finish by the end of the year. It’s only May. You can do it!

Honor your talent.

In Love & Ink,


Encouragement Pages: 5/29/19-Honor The Talent

I am fond of this phrase:


This means don’t shut the story up! Nothing should get in the way of the story! Nothing! Writing involves the relentless pursuit of story to its expected (or unexpected) end.

What is the story saying or trying to say?

Don’t ignore it.

CARRIE almost didn’t get published until Tabitha King fished it out of the trash and told her overworked husband, Stephen, it was good.

Honor your talent. The world still wants to hear what you have to say.

In Love & Ink,


Mess & Muses

“All brilliant men (and women) are messy.”

In my almost 40 years of living, I can say more than once, this is true. My father always had some sort of functional disorganization in papers or folders. My sister’s room was always in some sort of post hurricane disarray. My room, too, was filled with papers, notebooks and scribbles on paper.

All brilliant women are messy.

That mantra became my validation in my creative notions and expectations. When there was a particular item, thought or notion I thought incredible? I would obsess over it. I would research and make it a part of my whole self.

Short stories. Email addresses. Colors. Character assessments, even character names! Embrace the messiness! Embrace the processing and the messiness and the desire to learn. Get used to the messiness. Get used to your imagination wandering and its provoking.

Embrace the messiness. It is key to your sanity as a writer.

Look for the rhythm in the mess. Look for where you passions may be hidden or revealed. Look for the passion–don’t hide from it. These are you muses, or your guides to where you can focus your talents.

Pay attention. It’s not just messiness—there are universes there.

Encouragement Pages: 5/24/19-Stuck In The Middle

It’s easy for a writer to abandon a work.

Writing can be frustrating, thankless and utterly maddening. However, the wisdom I can offer you is the same which I have gleaned from Anne Rice. There are times where the/a WIP can be abandoned in favor of something more favorable. However, save it!

Don’t delete the work–put it away.

There may be a time where you will able to go back to it. Where you will have the time, the gumption, hell, even the confidence to go back to it.

When all else fails, fellow writer-scribe-oracle, pause and regroup. Your imagination will thank you for it.

In Love & Ink,


Encouragement Pages: 5/22/19-Stuck In The Middle


“Work the work.”

With any WIP, this is the best advice I am able to give you, fellow oracle and aspiring scribe. There is must be a methodology to what you plan to create. There must be a plan other than ‘I am going to just write and see what happens.’

This  is good enough for the immediate–you can’t work or edit a blank page for sure–but that runs short. You must determine to make the completion of your WIP a priority. This means you will have to decide how not to be stuck–and if you are stuck?

You have to be able to examine how you got there.

In Love & Ink,


The Writers’ Block: #AreYouListening

The Writers’ Block podcast is now live!

As of current scheduling constraints, new shows are available bi-weekly, every Thursday.

Follow me on IG (@authorjbharris) for program theme and topics! The unique hashtag used for all of you lovely people to follow is #AreYouListening.

If you have a book, blog or platform that needs a little shine, email my assistant Clarissa Dyson at circlethewritersblock@gmail.com.

Thank you to Valor Music, LLC for all audio help and direction!

See y’all on the block!

Love and Ink,


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