What Are You Scared To Find?

What are you hiding from…and why?

There are deep feelings attached to writing, even wanting to write. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to come up with an idea to write. Let alone try to make that idea something concrete! Trust me, I get it. Ernest Hemingway said the way to write is to ‘sit at a typewriter and bleed.’ In some many ways, Papa Hemingway was right. The hardest thing sometimes as a writer to totally unleash what is in your head and heart at the same time.

At the same time.

Some of the boldest things you will ever write will be the most painful. Writing is cathartic and hard. Really hard. But, not impossible. With that in mind, I pose a question to you.

What are you scared to find?

You shouldn’t be scared–you know where are all the monsters are, where are the dark places are–you have the map! You are the light! Nothing that you find should be a shock, surprise or so foreign to your imagination that it cannot be handled. Writing requires a type of bravery which demands you be equally aware and humble. You must be aware enough of your own imagination so that you can create; humble enough to know that first drafts are the roughest expression of what you desire to create.

Now read that again.

Again, I pose the question: What are you scared to find?

Encouragement Pages/03/02/2020

What’s stopping you?

What are the things that are scaring you from picking up the pen again? Opening the draft-drawer again? From believing you can do the thing you haven’t done in so long?

Do you think that gift, that talent is gone?

It isn’t.

I promise you it isn’t! But you are going to have to work those atrophied artistic muscles, beloved. And that may be the scariest part. Scary? Yes. Impossible? No.

Writers don’t do well with impossible things…that’s why we write.

Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-09/11/2019: For The Fallen

I know where I was on this day 18 years ago. I even know the clothes I had on. I know what was on the radio, who I was on the phone with–even the shrill in my mother’s voice when she asked if there was a movie on Channel 4 when the second plane hit the other tower.

This week will be impossible for a great many people today. Writing, journaling, is a therapeutic tool. It is a way for you to confront what you are feeling in a controlled way. It is a way to heal, reflect and analyze.

There is a way to control and deal with tragedy and mourning. There is a way to deal with loss outside of medication. Writing is a purge of the soul as well as a tool against the encroaching madness of the world.

On today, consider blank pages to scream on. They are always willing to listen.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

September 2019-BACK TO WRITING MONTH

You can find us on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher and even Radio Public! #AreYouListening?

The month of September is Back to Writing Month here at JBHarris Writing Services, and on my podcast, The Writers’ Block.

This month, I am going to be giving tips tricks and strategies to break you out of summer daydreaming into your Fall reality!

You have more time than you think you do to get all the writing you need done.

I am already proud of you. Get to it!

JBHarris

Host/Founder-The Writers’ Block Podcast

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-05/01/19: Space-Making

There’s something amazing about having a space to create, to write or brainstorm. Writers are obsessed with space. Blank pages. Empty tables and notebooks. We have to have space!

The beautiful thing about a writer’s space is that you can make unique to your talent or even a project. The space, your space, should facilitate creativity! Favorite things, scented candles, even favorite writing quotes. Take the time to construct the space.

It is yours. It needs to be yours.

In Love & Ink,

JBHarris