Encouragement Pages: 06/03/2022

Dear Writer:

Let your motivation to write today fall into these categories:

1.) Joy

2.) Curiosity

3.) Hope.

Joy because writing can be joyous (there are times that it isn’t, but when it is joyous? Keep going).

Curiosity is important because you must know want to know what happens next before anyone else.

Hope is essential because this is what powers any writers’ imagination.

Keep going.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

May 2022: OWN THE LOSSES

TW: This is going to be touchy topic as it goes towards intellectual property, ideas, and when each are relevant. -JBH

Ideas are precious commodities.

The one thing I must leave you with as we end this month is to guard your ideas. Read it again: guard your ideas. Aside from time wasted, the next worst thing that can happen to a writer is to lose an idea. Not from the laziness that all writers have when we don’t write something down–but someone taking your idea that you never wrote down or saved.

That kind of loss is common, whispered about, and is completely unnecessary.

In the age of smartphones, consider this an extension of your imagination (because it is!). Ideas have time and date stamped on/in Notes app on iPhones. And recently? I found lots of work on my phone, completely forgetting when I wrote anything.

Aside from the steady reminder that you all have from me this month about saving your work in two places, I want you to be mindful of who you share your ideas with–especially if there is no copyright added to them!

The thing is: if you tell and idea and someone else grabs in and runs with it? You have to own that too. Not everyone in writer circles are honest!

Losses for a writer can snowball quickly: guard your work, save your work, and be mindful of who you share things with. You’ll thank me later.

Encouragement Pages-05/30/2022

The most frustrating thing about being a writer is pacing your imagination with your writing schedule.

Remember these two things: (1) your writing schedule is flexible and (2) you are able to make your imagination slow down as well (don’t make you a bad writer to do that).

Keep going! The world is waiting on you.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-05/27/2022

(*Note: the phrase ‘lay some track’ is taken from the book THE YEAR OF YES by Shonda Rhimes.)

Dear Writer:

Did you “lay some track” today?

Did you write down that random idea?

Did you complete that sentence?

Did you sketch that scene?

Did you lay some track today?

If not, you should have.

You still have time–get to it.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-05/23/2022

Dear Writer:

I want to make confession to you. I am…behind. Like I am really, really behind. There are so many things I need to write, haven’t written, and forgot to write about. And honestly? It feels like homework.

And I hated homework.

Yet, rather than seeing something like that as if it were a job for Sisyphus, I am doing the next best thing. I am doing what I can, and scheduling out the rest.

I am not giving up. I am reassessing.

My gentle suggestion to you all today is the same–reassess, don’t quit.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-05/20/2022

Dear Writer:

The most crucial thing you can do is this: finish.

Neil Gaiman tells us in his MasterClass that writers should not get in the habit of abandoning projects completely. Will there be times that you will have to come back to the work? Yes. But, you must come back to the work.

Finish things (even if you think they are ‘bad’), so you can write other things. Better things even.

Go forth…and finish.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris