Encouragement Pages-03/11/2020

Are you afraid of the dark?

If you are, you shouldn’t be. You already know what it is there–whatever you placed there in the light, was there when there was no light. Today, I want you to turn on the light. I want you to realize the things you create and may have stowed away aren’t scary.

The only scary thing is when you decide nothing you create is worth looking at.

Nothing can be further from true.

Get to work.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-03/09/2020

Even the hardest work is done one word at a time.

Even work you delay is written one word at a time.

In finding the bravery to keep going to complete your work, understand the doubts will come. They will try and root. They will whisper to you. They will discourage you. But have courage, fellow oracle. Have courage!

Continue the work. Finish the work–one word at a time.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-01/27/2020

Writing is a strange alchemy.

This pulling something out of your head to a seeing world is still mystical. Still a wonder. Never be so cocky to think writing is “easy.”

There are some who wish the gift would come back—only to be greeted with barren imaginations…and tears.

Humility is some times the best coin of the realm.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-01/24/2020

Be gentle with yourself today.

The work in progress is called this for a reason. The progress in this work can be incremental—but do it. No matter how small or insignificant.

Do the work.

Happy, loud or sad, but do it.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-01/22/2020

Shameless plug to remind you to read.

Writers are readers, inquisitive about the world around them so they can create another. If you’re stuck in process of creating an WIP and become discouraged, take a break. Fill up that blank time with a book.

Sometimes the words of others, stir our own.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

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