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

Let The Space Speak To You

I have been writing as a career since 2014.

I have decided that this mastery of language is what I love to do. Like all journeys to the pursuit of mastery, I have decided what things work for me.

I can write best at night or in the early morning. I need music and a clean, quiet space. A friend of mine created a playlist for me to write to. I have a lap desk that I write at, and–at last–a desk. Ironically, the desk is messy. There are papers, post-its an pens everywhere.

The desk looks like the inside of my head: busy and creative. Stacks of tangible imagination at the ready, anticipating my return and devotion. However, what is to be remembered is the space in which you write, is completely yours! You can make it up, create it, break it, as you see fit. But, the space must be able to be conducive to your writing!

The space must be geared to your writing! This is space is your reprieve from the world, to focus on creating the ones your mind hungers for. Make the space conducive to your projects. Make it comfortable to sit at for long period if you need to. I love writing with natural light–you may not prefer this.

You make your space how you want, and how it will best benefit you. But make the space. Honor your talent. Respect your time and talents. Keep writing!

Encouragement Pages: 5/20/19-Stuck In The Middle

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Don’t panic!

Everyone gets stuck every now and then! 

With any WIP, you may get to a point when it’s not necessarily a block, but a sticking point. I call this being stuck in the middle.

This happens when you get to a point in your work when you don’t know what will/should happen next. Again, it isn’t a block–it is portion of story/project where you are unsure where to go next. 

A block is a stoppage of all creativity, not the uncertainty of where to go.

The best thing to so when you get stuck is to be unstuck. You become unstuck by walking away from the work. Stephen King said that ‘the story will reveal itself.’ This means you have to be patient. You have to be perceptive to inspiration, and any creative energy. 

Like anything stuck, you have to be patient. And you have to have a strategy.

 

In Love & Ink,

JBHarris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Encouragement Pages: 5/15/19-The Beginning

I’m constantly coming up with ideas. I have to record them or write them down to keep track of them all! However, the scariest part is still the start. Not the research, but the start–the actual putting of idea to paper or screen.

But the fear is always, “How is this going to come together?!” However, the fear of not doing, consumes the fear of doing. The start is terrifying! But it’s more terrifying to keep all that locked up.

Let the people in your head out!

In Love & Ink,

JBHarris

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Encouragement Pages: 5/13/19-The Beginning

Stephen King says the scariest part of writing is right before you begin.

I agree. The thing that can cause the most trepidation is the moment right before you decide to put idea to paper.

The one thing you need to consider today is it scarier to start or stop?

Remember this:  the words, worlds and pages all belong to you.

In Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-5/10/19

One of my favorite things about writing is the work. I know that sounds repetitive, but it’s the rhythm–the fury that is unmatched! No high is like a writer’s high.

When the words crash from your brain to page or screen, when everything makes sense, and it all works together: time, effort and imagination.

Chase the words.

Find the high.