The Map In Your Own Head

This week will make a reference to The Writers’ Block Podcast: the episode name is “The Power Of The Draft Drawer.”

There is a magic to revisiting what you have created. There are some of us whom do this work, practice this craft, know that not everything can be written, and not everything can be seen either. But you have to know that what you have on you head–it will eventually find its way out of it.

There is this concept of a draft-drawer I heard Anne Rice speak about during one of her Facebook Live sessions. She said that she doesn’t toss work away–she saves it! She saves it because it may be needed for something else.

It may be backstory for something else; the original idea can be reworked (Christopher Rice said he remembered the novel we know as The Witching Hour being a totally different permutation before the finished work); the work can be used to be a subplot–but nothing needs to be thrown away! The map to the work you need to write–is in your hands.

The drafts are maps! No good explorer or adventurer throws away their map! Writing is one of those careers where mapping, where recording is one of the ways by which the work is completed. And the work must be completed!

Do not be afraid of the work ahead, Oracles. Do not be afraid of what you must do, must get out of you, and what you are excited about! Writing is hard enough! There are some work you will do which will require a map–don’t sell yourself short.

Value your map. Keep the maps. Do your work.

The Joy Of Self-Recycling.

There is this concept of a draft-drawer on my podcast, The Writers’ Block. But the concept in its entirety is not my own. I heard the marvelous Anne Rice mention that she doesn’t throw any work away–she puts it in a drawer.

Genius!

Anne Rice says that she does this because she wants to be able to go back and revisit a work, and have something to draw from. I agree. As a writer, you need to have, to develop enough faith in your work that you value even the things you do not complete!

Enter–the Draft-Drawer.

The things you have stored away, hidden away or you find yourself second guessing? Don’t toss them away: save them. Why you may ask? Not everything that is incomplete is impossible. Not every project, every poem, every novel is created, finished in a linear fashion! Some things we start need to sit with us a while longer. The POV redone, more research added. But nothing should be tossed away because the process to create it is hard.

What is in your draft-drawer? What things have you kept? What things do you need to revisit? Why have you not revisited them?

The draft-drawer is a form of self-recycling. Your imagination is both the source and end of all things in this capacity. You control the pace and flow of the work! With you saving the work, this work undone or unpolished, you grant yourself the freedom to start again; creation is at your demand. Do not sell yourself so short as to throw something away.

The Three R’s found in Ecology are apt with writers as well, albeit with a twist:

Rethink. Reuse. Recycle.

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Use What You Have On Hand

The free writes, the stray and floating ideas–what do you have on hand?

On Season 1 of The Writers’ Block Podcast, I talked about the this concept. I talked about how we, as writers, don’t truly know the wealth that we have! In understanding that wealth you have, you created, you may have to create something that I call, the draft-drawer.

The draft-drawer is a place where you put all the work you haven’t gotten to yet, aren’t sure where to go next, or things you got stuck on. This could even be snippets of plots, titles, or even snippets of conversation you jot! Your draft-drawer is a both a well and wealth of information!

With the new year, new decade at slow hum, don’t think that you need to recreate the wheel! That can be stressful for a writer, trust me. But you need to know is the new, potent, powerful work may just be hidden in a file. It may be incomplete. It may be in the transition from the thoughts in your head to the words and worlds on the page.

The work is there. The work has always been there. It’s your job to either find it, complete it, or find more of it.

Be brave. The world is waiting.

The Writers’ Block-Season 2: We’re Back!

I know you missed us for these few weeks, but look for the first episode of Season 2 set to air on December 12!

We air every other Thursday! #AreYouListening

Check out the schedule for Season 2:

Season 2 (S2) Begins-December 12, 2019

S2.Episode 1

December 12, 2019

S2.Episode 2

December 26, 2019

S2.Episode 3

January 9, 2020

S2.Episode 4

January 23, 2020

S2.Episode 5

February 6, 2020

S2.Episode 6

February 20, 2020

S2.Episode 7

March 5, 2020

S2.Episode 8

March 19, 2020

S2.Episode 9

April 2, 2020

S2.Episode 10

April 16, 2020

S2.Episode 11

April 30, 2020

5/13/2020-FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF THE WRITERS’ BLOCK!

S2.Episode 12 (Anniversary Episode!)

May 14, 2020

S2.Episode 13

May 28, 2020

S2.Episode 14

June 11, 2020

S2.Episode 15

June 25, 2020

S2.Episode 16

July 9, 2020

*****End Of Season 2*****

Encouragement Pages-12/04/2019

Last week, I found 3 drafts of books I wanted to start. Not one. Not two. But three of them. This is the concept of the Draft-Drawer that I talked about on the podcast, The Writers’ Block.

In this, the last month of the year, the last year of this decade, I invite you to look at your Draft-Drawer. Look at what you planned to do. What you wanted to do. It is sometimes when you are faced with what you planned for yourself, that you actually being to do it.

Get to work, dear ones. Don’t let the year end with your work not done.

You’ll thank me later.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages 11/29/2019

Writing is one of the few professions were merit is your credit. Where your ability to honor the others that come before you, allows you to increase your influence and networking.

One of the worst things you can have as a writer is ‘bad credit.’ The worst thing you can be labeled as is a writer that takes work without credit, or publishes other people’s work as your own, or whom is known to not ‘own your own pen.’

I know the process of writing can be hard, it can be thankless, and an easy out can [seem to be] plagiarism.

Don’t fall for that trap. You can do better.

Don’t ruin your writer credit.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Note: The topic of ‘bad credit’ as a writer will be discussed is Season 2 of The Writers’ Block Podcast–which resumes on December 5, 2019.