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

The Flow–Stirring Up Gifts

Now, that you have made peace with the fact that you are a writer, let’s get down to it. The question I need to ask you is: What are your writing? How are you writing? And the scariest thing to ask is:

Are you stuck?

If you are, pay close attention.

As I have said before, writing is both talent and skill. And The Flow is one of those things that is hard to explain if you have not experienced it. But, fear not dear one! This is where the space you have created comes into play. It is a conduit!

You are the plug.

The space is the outlet.

When you connect–that is when you access The Flow. What you also need to remember is good writing is done over time, but you must be able to be willing to write the ‘bad stuff’ to get to the ‘good stuff’! But let me tell you a secret:

You are going to have to trust yourself.

You are going to have to trust your story.

You are going to have to trust what your talent.

You are going to have to be brave, dear one.

Accessing The Flow means you are going to have to be brave–your talent, your story, and your imagination are the circuit. That circuit jump starts The Flow!

Think of it as walking into the ocean, and never fear it taking you over–you want it to! The power that is has, the depth you experience, which will propel you through and towards your work in progress. It’s a jump start when you are stuck!

Fear not, dear writer. Help in on the way–and it’s on the inside of you!

Encouragement Pages-08/14/2020

The good news: there is always a blank page.

The bad news: there is always a blank page.

What I want you to remember is that you have all within you, to do all that you decide! There are no limits to your imagination–but you have to but something forth from your own talent–meaning, you have to believe in yourself first before you ever put it on paper.

There is always a blank page.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-08/12/2020

Stop second guessing yourself!

All first drafts are horrible. All first versions of a play or manuscript are trash. ALL OF THEM! But the goal is to write it all down.

Remember: The first draft just needs you to get it all out, it all down, and then go to the next thing–revision.

But, as Nora Roberts says, “You cannot edit a blank page.”

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-08/07/2020 OWN YOUR WORK (Part 3)

“The power of story…”

This quote is what one that I heard from Glory Edim’s love letter Well-Read Black Girl. It is that wisdom that I give to you.

I remind you of the power of story.

The power of your story.

Write it–because no one else can. And no one will be able to do it as well as you.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-06/29/2020

Your talent is the coin of the realm, a saving grace to the gloom of a bland world.

Flex the muscles, dear ones.

Write the pages, word by word.

Don’t fear the letters your hands have mastered!

Don’t fear the words that may be misspelled!

Fear the destruction of the worlds which will be destroyed if you do not write them down.

Fear NOT writing more than writing. It will always be more scary to begin than to end.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-06/26/2020

The pages are calling you? Can you hear it?

The blank pages, the new pens, and the cache of anxious notebooks. Seduce and subdue the sires with sweat, passion and ink. Pay for your talent with ink.

Imagination will always be the collateral.

Talent will be the financing that gets drafts completed.

Time is your only credit.

Get to work. The world is waiting on your words.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris