Encouragement Pages-03/18/2020

Completing any work is hard. It is difficult, and the process to perfect is not real. The best you can hope for as you complete any WIP is contained, controlled chaos.

Today, I want you to remember the process to write is fraught with pitfalls, discouragements, and all matter of distractions! Once you acknowledge this, you can be more gentle with yourself.

Completing a WIP is akin to sailing a ship on the ocean–in a storm! When you write, the more often you write, the quicker you can drop anchor to stop the work from being lost–or set adrift!

Be vigilant, dear ones.

Keep at it.

Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Love Will Always Take Work

Drafts do not just fall out of the sky–they are the product of love, talent and time. The fuel to this process, will always take work. There is no shortcuts to the development of a draft, but the sustaining energy of any work of any draft is the love you have for it!

Let me explain a little more.

There is a fire that should be created in you when you begin a Work in Progress. You should want to see the end of the work as you create it. Bear in mind the words of Toni Morrison, “If there is a book you want you read, you must write it.”

You must write it!

From brainstorming, to freewriting, to the completion of a draft, you must be willing to follow the process of the completing of a draft must be powered by passion and work! There is a part of you which must love what you are creating in order to complete it. Love is the source by which powers the work.

Find the source.

Finish what you have started.

Find Where Your Heart Is

“You only fail if you stop writing.” -Ray Bradury

The question most often fielded by writers is, “What are you working on?” From that picture, enter the WIP (Work In Progress). There is a pleasure that comes from discussing the new work–its like talking about a crush.

Or a new love, that loves you back–just as much as you do.

All these gorgeous blank pages waiting on the stroke of your hand, the sparks of your imagination. With this steady seduction, I want you to imagine the work you want to create. What you want the reader to see, feel, imagine or experience.

I want you to fall in love with the work first. If you have not fallen in love with what you are creating…no one else will.

Write what you love–love what you write.

Encouragement Pages-02/03/2020

Fall in love again.

Let today be the final day, the last day, you wonder if you are good enough to do this precarious, dangerous, enchanting work we call writing.

I want you to embrace the changes, the lulls, the of it all.

I want you to begin to enjoy the ride–and if needed? Get a seat belt.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

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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