Encouragement Pages-9/30/2019: Watch The Snakes

There is a certain Caduceus with writing. There are 2 snakes which will always be with you.

These are self-doubt and self-rejection.

Self-doubt will always say what you cannot do.

Self-rejection will always say what you create will never be read because it’s not good enough.

This dynamic duo work together to choke the life out of any project, platform or collaboration.

If left unchecked, they will snuff your talent!

So? Want to know how you kill them?

Create in spite of.

Be more afraid of not doing, of not creating.

Be more afraid of not filling the rooms or spaces you were graced to be in—than content to have never been invited to them.

Don’t die with all you have.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-09/20/2019-Water The Gardens

When you neglect your imagination, you make its soil sun-baked and hard. It cracks and curdles under the heat of inspiration, but there is no water from anticipation of what could grow there.

You rob yourself of the joy of creation. Of wondering what could be.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-9/16/2019

Keep the rhythm.

Find the beat.

Trust your talent a little bit today. What thing of light, of dark, of horror or light ate going to develop?

What (or whom) will you pull out of the air?

Trust the things your imagination sees and hears. Perhaps even chase a few.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-09/06/2019

Survey your work.

Don’t be discouraged if you haven’t worked like you wanted to this week. Writing has it’s own ebb and flow–it’s own demands. Each work you begin, each work you end will have its own personality. It’s own process as you embark on the journey to hew out the story from the landscape of your imagination.

It’s a process. Becoming the writer that you want to be is a process. Don’t be discouraged by the small starts. The longest novel is still written one letter at a time.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-09/02/2019-Pick It Up!

I have dubbed September as Back To Writing Month!

What does that mean, you ask?

Summer offers me extra time to work on new things, but not always the time the to finish them. Some of those lazy summer days afford me time to daydream, planning and even freewrite! But the Fall? The Fall allows me time to go ahead and reach into that growing drawer of creativity to decide what to work on next!

On those long Fall nights, I have the chance to rework and revise. Fall allows me the thing I may not often have: time. As my kids fall back into their routines, I conform the writing schedule around the turning of seasons.

Master your time, create your day, and keep writing!

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

*Remember it is Back To Writing Month on The Writers’ Block Podcast. You will be able to get the encouragement that you need to pick up the very work you forgot!

Encouragement Pages-08/28/2019: More About Reading

Aside from your physical writing tools, books are going to be the next biggest investment.

A writer’s library is an arsenal! From pop culture, to reference books, to your own favorites, your library may take a while to get it how you want, but build it anyway!

Your future self will thank you.

In Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-08/26/2019

Get to work!

Writing is more than words on a page! It is more than buying pens and notebooks! Writing involves work, dear ones! Part of that is research. Which means what? Say it all together: READ!

Most writers start of as readers, or in some way fascinated by language. Reading, feeding your curiosity to the point of frenzy, is the best way to keep your mind sharp. To expand your imagination’s boundaries.

The work of writing will always involve reading.

In Love & Ink,

JBHarris