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,

JBHarris

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

I am fond of this phrase:

LET THE PEOPLE IN YOUR HEAD OUT!

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,

IBHarris

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

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“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,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages: 5/17/19-The Beginning

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Writing is alot like riding a bike, and skinning your knee.

After skinning the this same knee, you still have a desire to ride your bike. But you also don’t wanna fall again. So, what do you do? Heal up and get right back on it.

There is not easy way to start a WIP (Work In Progress). It’s not easy to pick it up after you get stuck! But time never works in a writer’s favor with WIPs. Never. It only gets harder to pick up. It gets harder to get back in the groove of it.

Waiting makes it harder to even want to work at it! Be brave dear ones!

Be brave! Pick it up.

In Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages: 5/13/19-The Beginning

Stephen King says the scariest part of writing is right before you begin.

I agree. The thing that can cause the most trepidation is the moment right before you decide to put idea to paper.

The one thing you need to consider today is it scarier to start or stop?

Remember this:  the words, worlds and pages all belong to you.

In Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-5/10/19

One of my favorite things about writing is the work. I know that sounds repetitive, but it’s the rhythm–the fury that is unmatched! No high is like a writer’s high.

When the words crash from your brain to page or screen, when everything makes sense, and it all works together: time, effort and imagination.

Chase the words.

Find the high.