Encouragement Pages-05/20/2022

Dear Writer:

The most crucial thing you can do is this: finish.

Neil Gaiman tells us in his MasterClass that writers should not get in the habit of abandoning projects completely. Will there be times that you will have to come back to the work? Yes. But, you must come back to the work.

Finish things (even if you think they are ‘bad’), so you can write other things. Better things even.

Go forth…and finish.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

May 2022: OWN THE LOSSES

As we go forward in this particular series, I must stress to you all that every writer has a horror story about story they lost, a draft they couldn’t find or an idea they believe someone stole from them (sometimes that last part is more accurate than you think!). But for this section, let is concentrate on lost work.

Brief Storytime-

I was working on a sequel to my novel RUBY (currently on Amazon! Kinda proud of that!), on Isabella. That is the name of the computer my husband (now ex-husband) got me for Christmas. I had been in the habit of saving my work in two places since my Junior year of college, but since this was a new computer? I didn’t back anything up.

I didn’t think I needed to!

When the computer gave me the update notification, I knew I saved the work, so I proceeded with the update. And what happened next had me crying on the floor with all of my 35+ year old self. The update called my computer to crash.

CRASHED. I screamed and cried and called my sister in a panic. After pulling myself together an hour plus later, I took Isabella to the Windows store. Two days later they rescued almost everything on it (YAY!) except my novel–with 3 chapters of my book.

Now, in owning that this was my fault (not the crash, but the not saving of my work!), here is what I should have done:

1.) Save the work to a jump drive or Cloud.

2.) Invest in Google Dropbox and put all information there.

3.) If nothing else, get a dump email account to just put all my WIP’s there.

This would have saved me 60 minutes of freaking out and I would have finished that book.

I’m still mad about it. Don’t be like me. Save your work.

Encouragement Pages-05/13/2022

We are almost at the halfway point of the year, and this is a time of reflection for me. It always has! I think about the plans I have made, things I have completed, and stuff that I forgot to do.

But the great thing is that I get to reflect! I get the opportunity to revisit things, to readjust deadlines and follow through with the things I quit as well!

But now is the time to reassess, to count the wins, and pick up the pen and try again.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages: 05/11/2022

Follow the miniseries The Burden Of The Pen on I Breathe Fire by clicking here.

Dear Writer:

I know that writing is going to be hard. And the more that you are willing to share your writing journey, the more your work or voice is recognized, the more people are going to demand that you say something. The more the world outside and outside your bedroom door like/respect what you have to say, then they want you to say it more often.

Beware of the people whom want you to talk all the time but never encourage you to listen.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

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May 2022: OWN THE LOSSES

The most irredeemable thing to a writer, the thing what we chase is time. It’s always going to be time! And for a writer, there is nothing more maddening that losing time.

Time.

It’s always time.

As a writer in order for you to come to grips with the time you have lost, ask three questions:

1.) What things could I have been doing?

2.) When you should be writing, what do you find yourself doing?

3.) What is stopping you from writing?

Own the time you have lost. That you have squandered and that you have wasted.

Own this. Learn from this. Do better.

Encouragement Pages-05/04/2022

Note: Watch for the show titled: The Rough Patch on the podcast The Writers’ Block tomorrow (May 5, 2022). Follow us on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Play.

Sometimes, the hardest part is to get through the rough patches.

These rough patches can include time, subject matter, and even confidence. Every writer goes through these rough patches! But they are not impossible to negotiate.

Don’t give up just because it got rough. The best thing to do is to remember that rough patches are cyclical-not permanent.

I believe in you.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-05/02/2022

There is a power in pressing through.

In a video done by Shonda Rhimes, she reminds us that it is okay to write the bad stuff, that is how you get through to the good stuff!

It is okay that the bad stuff comes first! That is part of the process as well!

It will come. I promise it will.

But, you have to keep going.

I believe in you.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

April 2022- OWN THE WINS

I will be honest with you: writing is one of those arts that will only get better every time you use it. Every time you rely on it. Every time you trust it, and within it.

One of your deepest wins as a writer is to embrace that title! I am pressed to remember that a writer is two-fold:

A writer is something you are.

A writer is something you become.

It indeed feels like a complex thing, but it isn’t. Owning your title of writer is freeing–it really is. It allows you to embrace all that is complex about you, and bring that complexity to all that you would create.

Self-possession and self-realization are always wins.