September 2022: The Quiet Part Aloud

In one of my favorite movies, V FOR VENDETTA, the anti-hero, V, reminds Evie of what her father said that artist do: use lies to tell the truth. When I first heard this, I say wide-eyed.

It was absolutely correct. Absolutely correct!

We change names, dates, cities, and details for those whom may be a little too close to the reality of the story you write.

Those tools–that shifting of the light–allows you as the writer to tell an accurate truth within a story which may not be truth. This is the power of story and storytelling.

Use them often–you don’t need permission.

Back To Writing Month: Day 3

I am fond of saying on this side of the internet that you have to do your writer work.

Your writer work is anything related to the writing you are currently doing, including but not limited to research, freewriting, editing or brainstorming.

There is no getting around this!

There is no time like the present to get back writing. There is not greater time like now to look over the work you have to do in order do what you know what must be done.

Let’s get to work!

-JBH

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August 2022: ASPIRATIONS

As we finish the month of August, here are the ten things you may need or consider as you go on your writer journey:

1.) Believing in yourself is never a bad thing.

2.) Keep your goal in mind.

3.) Write for yourself first.

4.) Write because you love it.

5.) Envision where you want your writing to go.

6.) You are more talented than you think.

7.) Think where you want to go, and write yourself there.

8.) It is not a bad thing to dream exactly what you want.

9.) Don’t quit: you’ll never see what you are going after.

10.) Repeat.

I believe in you–keep going.

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August 2022: ASPIRATION

When I was 13, I told my Reading/English teacher that I wanted to write 4 novels. She dismissed that, without ever saying my name. And I have chased that ever since. Stories with my name on it! The feeling of having something complete with my name on it, and people buying it.

That feeling never gets old. Ever.

What I have discovered in this 28-year journey with 8 years in active writing and publishing, I am still that 13-year-old girl wanting validation, dreaming of attending NYU and becoming a best-selling author. I take her with me–everywhere!

She is my aspiration. All power, fire and searching for blank pages.

I have given myself permission to be great–and now, I must be.

Now, I will be.