Tell The Work ‘Yes’

WIPs.

Work in progress.

I love new projects. I love the excitement of them. I love when fire comes through fingertips as a new thing is being formed. That is the magic of any and all drafts.

This is what writer’s chase.

What I think is the most devastating thing is when you have an idea for a work, and won’t even try to see where it will go. It may be a hang up, it may be confidence, but don’t ever think that it should be discarded! Your thoughts are valuable. Your talent belongs to you.

Do not tell the work “No.”

Not everything will be a novel, this much is true. Not every story will become a short story, or even see eyes other than yours. But, how do you know this, if you don’t write it down? How do you know if you haven’t allowed the idea to grow or bloom from the pages? You can’t remember everything!

Say ‘Yes’ to the work.

Saying ‘yes’ to the work requires you to surrender to what you don’t understand fully–which is the breadth of your talent. The depth of it. Following ideas even when they may be uncomfortable. Even if that means you follow it to a comfy stopping point. Even when you write to your level of time and comfort to put away the work. Until you have time to pick it up again.

Say ‘yes’ to the stories yet to be told.

Say ‘yes’ to the stories you are already working on.

Say ‘yes’ to the things you’re even scared to write!

But don’t give in to the doubt that wishes to drown you. Don’t listen to the thoughts that tell you to stop and abandon all hope of success. Let me tell you a secret: sometimes the success is just to start.

Is A Writer A Blogger?

“You know you are a writer because you are always writing.”

-Nikki Giovanni

Twenty-six letters change the world!

Writers are a unique group of people. We make stuff up and tell people to believe in the awesome of it. With that ability to master less than thirty letters, we can finesse into any space to make it our own–including blogging!

Do all writers blog? No.

Are all bloggers writers? No.

Are all writers bloggers? No.

I considering blogging my exercise. It keeps the skills sharp. It keeps me on my toes and makes me aware of what is going on in the world around me, and forces me to be concise about it. It forces me to expound and think outside the box–even those I set for myself.

Writers are the misfits of the artistic field in this way. We can fit in anywhere! Writers make inroads where there were only thickets. Writers don’t need to blog to prove that they write–we just need to write! It doesn’t make you any less of a writer if you don’t have a place in the internet that has a catchy title or name or mantra!

IF YOU ARE A WRITER, YOU JUST NEED TO WRITE!

So…write! Blogging may not be your speed, but poetry just may be! If not poetry, maybe short stories.  You are a writer! You make your own path and your own artistic way in the way in the world. Blogging isn’t the pre-requisite to being a writer. Being a writer doesn’t mean you should be or are someone that blogs.

The ability to be blogger, to blog, is just that. You as the writer of said corner of the internet, wield all dominion and power over that digital realm. You can make it funny, informative, somber, or zany. You make the space what you desire. YOU are the captain of this ship!

Is a writer a blogger? If they wanna be.

Being a writer is a superpower. Go and wield your weapons, dear one. Don’t be defined by genre or the blogsphere. The talent, the gift, is yours.

Ready! Aim! Write!

 

Jennifer P. Harris

Editor/Founder-Shekinah Glory Writing Services