Encouragement Pages-12/06/2019

The most insufferable thing about writing can be all the things you want to write, or running out of steam with a WIP that you were Gung-Ho about.

Utterly frustrating.

However, don’t dispair.

Here are three things you can do about this:

1.) Take a break from the work. Rest is the best energizer.

2.) Change the POV. This may grant your more flexibility in plot, character development or setting.

3.) Revamp. Sometimes the main plot and the subplot are at war–you want one more than the other. Try making the subplot the main plot. Don’t be scared to challenge yourself.

Take the tools and run with them. You can do it!

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-12/02/2019

There are 29 days until the end of the year.

You have 29 days to start, revamp, revise and rewrite your WIP or begin another one!

Don’t make the mistake of trying to put off the writing due to the lateness of the hour. There will never be a great time to write. That is why you make time to write.

Make the time.

Take the time.

Make up the time.

Get to work.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages 11/29/2019

Writing is one of the few professions were merit is your credit. Where your ability to honor the others that come before you, allows you to increase your influence and networking.

One of the worst things you can have as a writer is ‘bad credit.’ The worst thing you can be labeled as is a writer that takes work without credit, or publishes other people’s work as your own, or whom is known to not ‘own your own pen.’

I know the process of writing can be hard, it can be thankless, and an easy out can [seem to be] plagiarism.

Don’t fall for that trap. You can do better.

Don’t ruin your writer credit.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Note: The topic of ‘bad credit’ as a writer will be discussed is Season 2 of The Writers’ Block Podcast–which resumes on December 5, 2019.

Encouragement Pages-11/27/2019

When I was in elementary school, my teachers from third to fifth grade, when it was time to take a test, would say:

“Eyes on your own paper.”

This piece of advice can be translated to writers. Your work, is your work. It is powered by your own imagination, your own talent and merit. Don’t short change what you are creating because you may be unsure about its outcome!

Work your work!

You can do it!

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-11/15/2019

I want you to take a journey with me real quick.

Imagine the ideal book you want to read. A story to fall in love with! Dynamic characters, great plot and settings you can see in your mind’s eye!

Now, imagine you writing it.

You, yes you.

The book you want to read, you may have to write. Toni Morrison reminds us that.

Get to it.

Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-11/13/2019

What would you need for writing to be perfect?

What would you need to maintain the writing and its perfection?

Now that you have that hot and fresh in your mind–scratch it and burn it.

Why? Here is why.

Writing time, schedules and circumstances may never be perfect. Ever. If there were, there would be more writers! There are even certain books of the Christian Bible that are/were written under times of war, panic and duress!

There may never be a perfect time to write, but you have to make the time you have perfect. Trust me, it’s possible.

Love & Ink,

JBHarris