Encouragement Pages-02/12/2020

Writing doesn’t always follow a primrose path. Sometimes the path is dark, and scary and impossible-feeling.

But what I want to remind you of this something you may not think about: you control the path.

Yes, you.

The story cannot have life breathed into it unless it has a willing vessel, a place to grow before pushed into the world. You determine how fast, and how hard you will push the story.

You control the start and the finish–and everything in between.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-02/10/2020

There is a magic in the flow, in the mastering of creative energy. I love that. We as writers chase it, demand more of it–but, with an uneasy inverse relationship.

The more of this flow the more accessible you have to be to it. You must become accustom to being available to those moments when this force comes–being willing to catch it.

Being willing to chase it and be caught by it.

This, dear ones, is the prize. If you can harness the flow, you can do anything your talent demands.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-02/05/2020

There has to be a reason why you do what you do, dear one. There has to be a reason that draws you back to the work, to brainstorm, to collaborate. There must be a reason why you write.

Pain.

Love.

Mourning.

Joy.

To make sense of things, or to hide other things.

But there must be a reason, and you might have to write to find it.

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-12/25/2019 (MERRY CHRISTMAS! HAPPY HOLIDAYS! HAPPY WEDNESDAY!)

This day, the most powerful in all of history, Christians (and I am one) are to consider the greatest gift given to humanity–and this is Jesus Christ.

Today, I want you to consider how powerful the gift of words are. I want you to consider how special that is, how potent that gift is, and how the best exercise of it is to share it with the world.

Write.

Rewerite.

Keep writing.

Work your gift.

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