New Things: Writer’s Spotlight

Note: This segment will be on The Writers’ Block Podcast as well, starting March 2021.

One of the reasons why I love what I do, is that I can introduce the world to those who it may need to hear about! So introducing, the newest segment, Writer’s Spotlight.

The purpose of this segment is to introduce new writers to the world, making you aware of what indie authors you need to take notice of, and what work you need to pick up!

These authors will span genres, ages and ethnicities! I am excited about this segment because it is a chance to showcase new authors, giving them the shine they deserve!

If you are interested in being featured for this spot, email writelife.jbharris@gmail.com or circlethewritersblock@gmail.com using “I NEED SHINE” in the subject line.

More announcements to come!

Encouragement Pages-03/10/2021

Organization is the key to your writing focus! It will keep your sanity as well as your stamina! Make sure that you are taking the time to review what you have in order to lay the foundation for the work that you want to do.

Use this acronym to help: KEYS.

Keep all files label.

Evaulate what you need to do next.

Yield time to what you must do (*scheduling is important).

Save your work in two places.

You’re welcome.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Note: Listen to THE WRITERS’ BLOCK PODCAST 3/14 for more about KEYS.

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Book In A Year Series: Month 3-Maintaining Focus

Top two rules to writing:

1.) Believe in yourself.

2.) Repeat Step 1.

One of the most important things to have while writing a book is the belief that you can. If you don’t have the belief that you can, nothing else can be done!

The belief in yourself is essential and can only come from within yourself. It comes from the most basic thing, owning your idea—and doing it completely.

That belief that what you have started is yours to finish—and you can finish it! All writers, no matter how accomplished, start with this simple belief that you can write down what you dream up.

You are no different. You are no less talented.

Honor your creativity…and write.

Encouragement Pages-03/05/2021

Here are three ways to keep your writing focus (Remember this is Month 3 of Writing A Book In A Year):

1.) Make a writing schedule.

Carving out time to write is the best way to write.

2.) Make an outline.

Outlines allow you to see your thoughts plotted out in a way you can follow. Use your outline when you get lost, discouraged or confused. Use your maps!

3.) Re-read what you have already written.

Re-reading what you have already written gives you enough time to jog your memory, and perhaps giving your a way forward to keep writing.

I believe in you. Get to it!

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-03/03/2021

Your focus as a writer is invaluable. Maintaining that focus requires you to be dedicated to what you are working on! Distractions are a part of everyday life–they don’t disappear because you decide that you want to write. Learn to manage your distractions, in doing so you’ll master your time.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Book In A Year Series-Month 3: Maintaining Focus

There are many things that can take your focus when you are determined to write. Now, distractions can be anything, and coming from anywhere. Yet, you must know that you have control over what you pay attention to. You have the complete power to write, not write, or be distracted while writing.

The chief way to keep focus while you are writing is to develop a writing schedule. Being able to develop a set time to write will remind you that you have to write! Your writing schedule should be three things:

1.) Fixed-Flexible. Your writing schedule should suit your life, and be able to adjust to its demands. An example of this you want to write for 1 hour 3 times a week. Let’s say you still have a day job and you have to pick up hours. One hour 3 times a week may not be possible! However, you may be able to do 1 hour twice a week, or 30 minutes 3 times a week. The goal is to write–while making it suit your life. This is especially helpful when you a specific deadline assigned or chosen.

2.) Stick to the plan. Book writing can often feel like hacking through a jungle with a machete. It is essential that you have a reference point to re-center. Having an outline (or reworking the outline in certain cases) to reference provides a source of encouragement to keep writing.

3.) Be like a rubber band. The great thing about a writing schedule is that you can adjust it as you see fit! You can increase time, decrease it, or even designate certain days (this is different from fixed-flexible). This is a good tool when you are getting back to your writing after some hiatus.

Keep up the good work!

Encouragement Pages-02/19/2021

Writers are a fan of tomorrow. So much so that they sometimes start everything then.

To that thought, let me counter with this piece of wisdom: tomorrow never comes.

Which leaves you a decision, dear writer. When will you start writing—now or tomorrow?

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris