Encouragement Pages-07/22/2019: Get It Off Your Head

There is a boldness that comes when you begin to write. It comes from a place of honesty, pain, imagination or escape.

Never think a word that you have put down was there by mistake. The first thing any writer has to do is get the idea off their head.

Get it off your head.

If you have an idea, don’t let it flutter. Don’t let it roll around with no end.

Be bold, dear scribe. Be bold.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

What It All Means

If you get nothing else from this month, I want you to become more comfortable with being a writer. I want you to be able to look at screens, or blank pages and let what is in you flow out.

I want you to be comfortable with people calling you a writer as well. Be comfortable with people asking you to create. Be okay with people inviting you to creative spaces. You are being asked to these places because people believe in your talent–and what you have to say.

The question really is, do you believe what you have to say?

If you believe, then write. If you don’t believe, write anyway. Sometimes, just sometimes, inspiration doesn’t come. It has to be conjured.

Encouragement Pages: 5/31/19

I want you to go back to the drawing board today.

I want you to go on your computer, the Cloud, phone or desk drawer. I want you to look at your work.

The unfinished. The unstarted. The drafts. The doubts.

I want you to look at your work.

I want you to be aware that these pieces of tangible imagination came from you.

Now, with that same bravery, pick one to finish by the end of the year. It’s only May. You can do it!

Honor your talent.

In Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages: 5/29/19-Honor The Talent

I am fond of this phrase:

LET THE PEOPLE IN YOUR HEAD OUT!

This means don’t shut the story up! Nothing should get in the way of the story! Nothing! Writing involves the relentless pursuit of story to its expected (or unexpected) end.

What is the story saying or trying to say?

Don’t ignore it.

CARRIE almost didn’t get published until Tabitha King fished it out of the trash and told her overworked husband, Stephen, it was good.

Honor your talent. The world still wants to hear what you have to say.

In Love & Ink,

IBHarris

Encouragement Pages: 5/24/19-Stuck In The Middle

It’s easy for a writer to abandon a work.

Writing can be frustrating, thankless and utterly maddening. However, the wisdom I can offer you is the same which I have gleaned from Anne Rice. There are times where the/a WIP can be abandoned in favor of something more favorable. However, save it!

Don’t delete the work–put it away.

There may be a time where you will able to go back to it. Where you will have the time, the gumption, hell, even the confidence to go back to it.

When all else fails, fellow writer-scribe-oracle, pause and regroup. Your imagination will thank you for it.

In Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages: 5/22/19-Stuck In The Middle

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“Work the work.”

With any WIP, this is the best advice I am able to give you, fellow oracle and aspiring scribe. There is must be a methodology to what you plan to create. There must be a plan other than ‘I am going to just write and see what happens.’

This  is good enough for the immediate–you can’t work or edit a blank page for sure–but that runs short. You must determine to make the completion of your WIP a priority. This means you will have to decide how not to be stuck–and if you are stuck?

You have to be able to examine how you got there.

In Love & Ink,

JBHarris