Encouragement Pages-07/22/2020, Regaining Focus (Part 2)

The hardest thing you will encounter while writing is the dynamic duo of time and planning.

Some times the best writing has to be harnessed, caught and pushed (this is the surge of creativity artists rant about. It is a real thing!), other times you must put your own energy to storm as you want!

Remember focusing requires discoline. It requires seeing one thing in front of you, and just that one thing, so your task can be completed.

How will you harness your focus today?

Writing Sprints?

Turning off your phone?

Developing back story for your character?

The day is yours. The time is yours. Use both wisely.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Combating Self-Rejection: Planning

Writing is a journey and a process. As a writer, you must keep in mind thinking about writing is important before you start writing—as cliched as this sounds. It’s true! One of the most crucial things you can do as a writer is to plan out what you want to write about—if possible! This will help ease any anxiety or stress you will have when writing. Planning allows your imagination to have a map! These types of maps are important when it relates to self-rejection! These maps are most often known/referenced as an outline. While not all writers use these, however, for those writers who are comfortable using them find much success with them! They allow your imagination to be aware of what is to come. Outlines are guidelines to follow; this ability to follow the guidelines for your new work, will allow you to not panic when you put pen to paper. Never underestimate the power of the tools are your disposal! Planning–good planning!–as a writer will save you time, energy and frustration. Which, in turn, will make you more comfortable with that you want to create! Be ready to plan! Plan to be successful!

The Pen Of The Ready Writer

On your mark! Get set! Write!


Nikkie Giovanni reminds us that if you write like someone is over your shoulder, you will never write. This is true–it is absolutely true! Writing is not like cards, chess or any other hobby you can just deftly pick up! There is a skill to this! A rhythm even!

In order to write, two things must happen. The first is you must believe you can. The second is to be willing to so such a thing. If these too things do now sync, you will not write. Not a world, not a syllable, nor a jot or tittle. These two things working in unison, perform a circuit. They power your creativity, allowing you to create as you see fit!

Make the connection, my Oracles! The screens and pages are waiting.

Encouragement Pages-04/22/2020-The Power Of Can’t (2)

The word can is a verb. Verbs are action words! They usher in all matter of movement and excitement. I love verbs!

The word not negates everything verbs will do. When you put this ugly three-letter word behind a verb–its stops everything.

Everything!

So, when you, as a writer, say the word ‘cannot’? You paralyze your imagination. Be careful what you admit, my Oracles. Writing is hard, but it it is never impossible. You can write–so you must.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Start A Little Fire

I am fond of saying that every idea is a spark. From that ‘spark’ anything can be added to make a fire. That fire, that heat, that light–this is the what we chase, my Oracles. This fire is what we create and chase and feed! Don’t dismiss that.

I need you to under as a writer to remember one thing: you control the fire! You control what it burns, how hot it burns, how long it burns! You control this! Meaning: what do you need to start? What new thing are you shying away from due to the heat which would follow?

Those things need to be explored. They need to be examined. They need to be found! They need to be written about. Start a fire, my Oracles. Start it, and be warmed by it. From that warmth, set the world ablaze!

Encouragement Pages-04/13/2020: What Is In The Tank?

Dearest Ones,

What are you holding on to today? What are you scared to let go of? What thing, what idea, have you allowed to die?

Today, dear one, I need to ask you this question: What is left in your tank?

Do you have enough in you to do what you need to do? Do you have the faith and drive enough to finish what you have purposed to start? What do you have left in you to finish?

I can’t answer that for you, love.

But let the pages do it for you–if you give them a chance.

I believe in you.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-03/30/2020

Dig in, dear one.

Be ruthless with the talent, my fellow Oracles. There is a power in it. What power is that you ask? The power in knowing what you have on the inside of you is itching to come through your hands, because it has been boiling your head so long.

It is–it will be–scary and exhilarating and the journey is yours.

Be bold enough–brave enough–to continue.

Please, continue.

Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-03/27/2020

Come close.

Let me tell you something.

The words will never just appear out of the ether. You have to chase them. You may have to fight for them. You may even have to chase their shadows from dreams you have. But be relentless, dear Oracles.

The words are there–but you may have to reach a little longer or further to get them.

But–go get them!

Love & Ink,

JBHarris