November 2022: For The Mirror

You are in the world.

Let me say it again: YOU ARE IN THE WORLD.

With that, I am a firm believer that every life has a legacy, and there is no life which exists that will not touch another. Ever!

As we go into the last months of the year, I want to ask you this question: ‘What do you want to see?”

What stories do you want to tell?

Why do you want to tell them?

Why is it important to tell them?

Stories are records of survival! Stories are legacy! And they are needed–and necessary. From poems, to biographies/autobiographies, to journals–someone needs to be able to trace you in the world. And there is nothing wrong with that.

What will you leave in the world, dear writer? What will you leave in the world?

Encouragement Pages-10/17/2022

For the want of perfection, some writers will never begin.

One of the chief things you must remember is you don’t need the process to be perfect, you only need to begin.

With that in mind, remember that you can make a work perfect…after you being.

There are no shortcuts.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

October 2022: Being bell hooks

Note: This piece will mention Wounds Of Passion by bell hooks. Purchase that by clicking here.

bell hooks has been gone about a year as of December. And yet, she is now immortal.

It is through her work, and her own writing memoir, that I understand that it means, what she gave, to mine out the words in her to give to the world.

Breadcrumbs for us. For us!

Writing, while an art, is still a powerful portion of The Arts. It makes the mortal immortal, preserving thought which may have been wounds for the benefit of those after us. Those coming which will need our strength in order to survive to tell their own stories. To find their own truths, to find their own way forward.

Change is the most intimate process which provokes the world to be different once complete.