Encouragement Pages-11/18/2019-The Wisdom Of James Arthur Baldwin (1)

I am a fan of James Baldwin. And adamant follower of his gift, life and teachings. From that well of wealthy knowledge, I remind you as a writer, just as Baldwin would:

Do you work.

Your writing is your work. It is your job as a waking recorder of the world, to report what you see.

Do it crying, flinching or screaming. But do it.

That is your job…and no one can do it for you.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-11/06/2019

James Baldwin reminds writers, poets and other creative people to ‘do you work.’ The elephant in the room is that he never says how.

I believe that he didn’t want to give us [as writers] a map because we all have a different job–a different assignment.

The trick is to find out what that assignment, that mission is–and be daring enough to do it.

What part of writing are you drawn to?

Are you rapt by poetry and prose or is it non-fiction? Do you want to do plays and film or essays?

There is more than enough work to do, more than enough languages to do it. But, you must do the work, loves. You must do the work.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-11/04/2019

There are so many people that go through this life and never leave a record. Don’t be one of those people.

If you call yourself a writer, part of that job is to leave record of thought or moments.

Don’t fear that title. Don’t fear that responsibility. Don’t fear the words or what you will make them say.

You can do it.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-08/21/2019-Begin The Beginning

The beginning of any work is either going to stress you or satisfy you. There is no in-between. There are times where the writing is forced, uncomfortable and may be hard as German algebra! However, wear some get lost is when you don’t fight through a rough beginning.

Don’t be afraid to challenge, to rework, to reevaluate or even change a point of view for one of your characters! You are the creator and the destroyer of worlds.

Go and do what writing demands.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris