Here Is A Mystery: The Power Of The Continued Yes

I never set out to be a blogger.

I thought since I considered myself writer, most writers didn’t become bloggers. I think that is a little elitist looking back on it. The steady quote I ground myself with is by Christopher Priest:

“A real writer can write anything.”

It wasn’t until a recently as 2 years ago, that I finally was brave enough to call myself a real writer. I was afraid if I did, that I would be adrift in the creative world around me. However, in reclaiming my talent, and being confident in what I knew I could do. I was a writer. In being a writer, I could write anything. No topic is strange. No idea too far. I could even start a blog.

I said ‘yes’ to my talent. I said ‘yes’ to projects, and being a part of creative spaces. Saying ‘yes’ allowed me to own all I would create. I was free to develop my craft and voice. I reclaimed my artistic self. It is from, for and because of that reclamation, that you have found a space here, dear Writer-Scribe-Oracle.

You don’t know how far you will go if you never go.

All work starts with a yes. No matter the size, topic, width and breadth of the work, all starts with a yes. Here is what you say yes to.

YES I will:

-claim the title of writer.

-write this story/essay/post.

-write about new topics.

– be confident in my imagination.

-follow my imagination to its conclusion.

Becoming a writer, holding that title, is incredible. The mystery lies in you and your ability to give weight to what it is you create. Or desire to create. Give yourself credit and appreciate the progress as you go.

Writing, like life, is a journey.

I believe in you. Take your pens, your cache of paper, and full imagination and create. Go solve your own mystery of the talent you hold. One word at a time. But go.

Encouragement Pages: 06/12/2019- Stir It Up

Write about the things you love.

Write about the things you hate.

Write about the things that turn you on.

Write about the things that scare you.

The beautiful thing about starting a new work is that you don’t or may not directly know how it all will end. But, be cognizant of the things which draw you to write! Remember what you are creating. Remember that you are in control of it. Don’t be afraid of your imagination—dark or light.

Push yourself.

You’ll be amazed at what you find.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages: 5/24/19-Stuck In The Middle

It’s easy for a writer to abandon a work.

Writing can be frustrating, thankless and utterly maddening. However, the wisdom I can offer you is the same which I have gleaned from Anne Rice. There are times where the/a WIP can be abandoned in favor of something more favorable. However, save it!

Don’t delete the work–put it away.

There may be a time where you will able to go back to it. Where you will have the time, the gumption, hell, even the confidence to go back to it.

When all else fails, fellow writer-scribe-oracle, pause and regroup. Your imagination will thank you for it.

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: 5/15/19-The Beginning

I’m constantly coming up with ideas. I have to record them or write them down to keep track of them all! However, the scariest part is still the start. Not the research, but the start–the actual putting of idea to paper or screen.

But the fear is always, “How is this going to come together?!” However, the fear of not doing, consumes the fear of doing. The start is terrifying! But it’s more terrifying to keep all that locked up.

Let the people in your head out!

In Love & Ink,

JBHarris

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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.