Encouragement Pages-08/07/2019-For The Novices

Stephen King said the scariest part is right before you begin.

I concur.

The scary part sometimes is just starting. The picking out the idea, the topic, or person is scary. But allow me to be your lighthouse a moment. All those things–people, places and things—are yours to command! Your imagination is yours.

When you write, do so as if no one is looking at you, or watching. This is essential. If you write like someone is watching you, nothing of substance will come from you.

Write as if the world may never see it. From there? You will have the power, and certainty, to share with the world.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-07/31/2019-Visibility

I want you to think about your current work in progress. I want you to think about what would happen if you took the limits off your own talent. I want you to think about what your work would become if you allowed yourself to write like no one was looking.

Or watching.

Or would care.

And that feeling? Take that and run with it.

The only person that can stop you is you.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages- 07/12/2019

I want to talk to you about icebergs.

Everything that is easily visible is always seen at top of it. No one sees the width and depth of the ice, even close up.

The same thing goes with your WIP’s. No one sees how deep it all goes. No one sees the sleepless nights. The crippling self-doubt. The lack of support. The lack of time. The sacrifices of sleep, money and time you didn’t think you had! And most of all, the writing. The creating. The breaking through the walls, jumping the fences to complete the work.

No one sees the work. But they will always have something to say about what they see.

So, give them something to see.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages: 06/05/2019

Start the work to silence the doubts.

It’s never going to be an optimal or easy time to start a work in progress. And perhaps that is the best thing! Sometimes it is the outside agitation that makes for the best writing!

Writing is one of those careers or hobbies that can be done any or everywhere! A work can be started at any time. It can be paused and restarted and changed as you deem fit.

But you must start it.

You must start.

Encouragement Pages: 5/31/19

I want you to go back to the drawing board today.

I want you to go on your computer, the Cloud, phone or desk drawer. I want you to look at your work.

The unfinished. The unstarted. The drafts. The doubts.

I want you to look at your work.

I want you to be aware that these pieces of tangible imagination came from you.

Now, with that same bravery, pick one to finish by the end of the year. It’s only May. You can do it!

Honor your talent.

In Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages: 5/29/19-Honor The Talent

I am fond of this phrase:

LET THE PEOPLE IN YOUR HEAD OUT!

This means don’t shut the story up! Nothing should get in the way of the story! Nothing! Writing involves the relentless pursuit of story to its expected (or unexpected) end.

What is the story saying or trying to say?

Don’t ignore it.

CARRIE almost didn’t get published until Tabitha King fished it out of the trash and told her overworked husband, Stephen, it was good.

Honor your talent. The world still wants to hear what you have to say.

In Love & Ink,

IBHarris