Encouragement Pages-01/08/2021

Rage against the Writers’ Block.

Fight for the words, fight for the time, and fight for the right to create!

Life is hard, and busy! But you must understand what it means to be writer, and how being a writer can be equal parts demanding and difficult.

But, I need you to understand that you have to choose your hard.

Either writer or don’t write. But, which one would you rather do?

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-01/01/2021

Good Morning! This the first day of the new year and this year will be the focus of writing your book. No matter how long you have waited to write it, to matter how scared you have been to start it! This is safe space to get encouragement to write the story you want–like you want! Consider this your friendly reminder that your book isn’t going to write itself–and you must write it.

Good luck!

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Study Your Craft: Take A Workshop!

I am a fan of workshops! They are a place of resources, networking and brainstorming. They are places where you can study, as well as participate. Think of workshops as a type of recess for your brain! Why is it recess? Well, recess is a time to play or exercise–workshops give that! They are places to allow you to learn, ask questions, get critique and network! How will you ever know what you are good at–or how to improve it!–if you never share what you are doing!

The greater thing about workshops is they are constructed to suit the needs of writers. Yes, there are the more traditional workshops that are scheduled according to the desire of a facilitator. Then, there are those workshops which are modeled more after an on-going group. Here, writers are given a safe space to be mentored, become mentors and to even receive guidance to be the writer they desire to become.

While the success of a workshop is subjective, it must be emphasized that success is determined by what you are willing to contribute to it.

Are you willing to ask questions?

Are you willing to admit that you don’t know everything?

Are you willing to try new things?

Are you willing to participate as well as be lead?

Are you willing to write–and even write beyond your comfort zone?

If you answer to any of these questions is “Yes”, then a workshop (either traditional or in a group setting) is just the tool you need to become the writer you dream of being. Find your tribe! Find your people and invest in your talent. After your find your people, make them read your stuff.

Retreat Or…Retreat?

 I am both a fan and suspicious of writing retreats. I believe in the right context these types of investments are invaluable. As a writer, you must understand that is only one component of your hobby or career. The mechanics and development of your skills as a writer are totally dependent on your willingness to take them both seriously. This can be something as simple as learning a word a day to build your vocabulary, or following your favorite writing/writer-focused podcast (shameless plug for THE WRITERS’ BLOCK on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Spotify! Check for the red and black logo!). But,  the cool think about retreats are they provide a way to build your writing community as well! These groups and collectives can be your secret weapons to keep you motivated to write! The best thing about workshops is how they can be so specific! There is a retreat or a workshop for any and every part of writing! For every genre, every struggle, every hang-up, and every resource! There is a retreat! Don’t discount the importance of your writing community! Being a writer does not make you omniscient to all things writing related–or impervious to criticism! The reason I am and can be suspicious of writing retreats is because they can be money grabs, and or totally unhelpful! If you spend your hard earned money on something that will help you, there is an expectation that you will get a desired outcome! There are some facilitators of these workshops or retreats whom have no idea how to facilitate them! Or prepared to answer any questions! Cardinal rule of searching out workshops and retreats is to do your research on the facilitator! Email them and ask questions! You are a writer as well as a consumer! Don’t be caught in a space where you have invested time, energy and money and come out worse for wear. Be careful, my oracles. Be wise. Be careful. Invest wisely in the development of your craft and career. The responsibility of the development of your craft is up to you.

Encouragement Pages-09/18/2020-Begging For Support

Writers have to have, must have, a good Christian dose of Vitamin IDC. And you need to take that viatmin on a daily basis. IDC will inoculate you from what people think, what they say, and how the critique of those whom will never, ever step out onto the land of their own talents–but want to tell you how to manage yours.

You are enough by yourself–you never need to beg for the support of anyone! Support is based out of respect and love, neither of which should be based in manipulation.

Write because you want to. The people that love and support you will still love and support you.

Keep going.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-09/14/2020- Begging For Support

Let me give you a Pro-tip: STOP IT.

Stop begging for support from people. Stop begging for people to read your work. Stop begging people to follow your space, your platform and what dope matter of magical amazing you are creating in your mind.

Make today, the absolute last day you beg for it.

Celebrate the people that support you, who don’t question why it is you write, how your write, and what you write about.

First and foremost, you write for you first.

You are your first fan.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-09/09/2020

There is a power to storytelling. There is a skill to storytelling as well. This is one of the skills you must develop as a writer! Storytelling is an art, a skill, and a talent.

Begin to develop this talent.

Embrace this flexibility of your talent–it is needed and you will never regret it.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris