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

Encouragement Pages-08/31/2020

Let me tell you a secret.

You write better than what you think you do. You can write longer than what you think you can. How do I know this? People do what they deem important.

If writing is important, you will write. Nothing will stop you.

If writing is not important, you will not write. Nothing could compel you.

Yes, you will only get better at writing, by writing. It is that development of tenacity, that desire not to quit, which will build the confidence you need to keep writing.

Keep going. You (will) write better than what you think you do.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-08/28/2020

For the good of your imagination, begin to be grateful.

Gratitude is a super power for all those in the arts! Remember to be grateful for the time, the space, the gifts you house, and even the people whom support you in all you endeavors.

Be grateful for the people that follow you on your socials, and those whom will. The simple act of being grateful will enable you to stay in that creative space so much longer.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

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The Flow–Tapping In And Accessing

In his book, On Writing, Stephen King speaks about muses. He talks about making your writing space conducive to writing. As rudimentary as that sounds, it’s true! One of the things that make writing easy is when you have an area dedicated to writing. An area that is set up and set aside for writing. I understand that this is not totally possible in certain spaces and times, but hear me out.

When you set aside space to write, your thinking shifts! It allows you to concentrate, and focus your attention on what you want to create. The space grants you access to that creative space (The Flow) and writing–because that portion of your mind is receptive, makes writing easier (Accessing).

This place can literally be a notebook that you have in a specific place. It can be an alarm on you phone to remind you to write (more about writing schedules next month), a desk in your house or an office. As you set aside the space to write, be aware of things that make writing easy for you.

Do you write to music?

Do you need complete quiet or noise in the background?

Do you need a snack to write?

Should the room be hot or cold? Do you need to be hot or cold?

All these things should be taken into account when you set up a writing space, or writing time?

The success of your writing, the maximizing of your time is the focus when you set of this space. The Flow is not a nebulous thing–it is a force! Since it is a force, it can be commanded or ignored. Make no mistake, The Flow is a great power source–and if you cannot remember this, you will never tap into it with the confidence you require.

Writing is equal parts talent and energy. The more you understand what you need as an artist in order to create, the better you will get at writing.

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-07/24/2020, Regaining Focus (Part 3)

Hold on.

Take a deep breath.

Having an unfinished work is not the end of the world! Being distracted or overtaken by life which stopped you from finishing a work is a not a cause for alarm! It happens!

The toughest part will ways this, “Can I pick up where I left off?”

Which really translates to “Do I/Can I have the focus to write this?”

With refocusing your energy, you can.

With idenifying what you need to support your writing, you can.

If you make time to write a little a time, you can.

It is not impossible.

It’s a journey.

The words will be you map and light.

Write yourself where you need to be.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages: 07/13/2020-Ready, Set, Go! (Part 1)

Ready, Set, Go Challenge–Part One:

Pick a genre you are comfortable with.

Give yourself 2 pages to freewrite it (Remember: 250 words= 1 typed page)

This can be a myth to a novel start, a random idea, or the writing down of a dream you had.

Give yourself 500 words. You can do it!

Check in Wednesday.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris