Encouragement Pages-9/16/2019

Keep the rhythm.

Find the beat.

Trust your talent a little bit today. What thing of light, of dark, of horror or light ate going to develop?

What (or whom) will you pull out of the air?

Trust the things your imagination sees and hears. Perhaps even chase a few.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-09/13/2019: Inside The Story Machine

*Note: This concept will be discussed on The Writers’ Block podcast on 9/26. This podcast can be found wherever you get your podcasts, see the end of the post to get all info!

I had an English professor, Dr. Karen Kalenevitch, who gave us a trick to combat the hell that is writers’ block. She told us about something she called the story machine.

Now, what is this you ask? I’ll tell you.

You take an empty bag and write random phrases, places, date or names on it and throw them in the bag. You shake it up, and pull out 3 slips of paper. From those pieces of paper, you can construct a story. Perhaps from there, a free write. From there, a draft. From that draft, a revision. From revisions, to stories.

Try it.

You may never know what you come up with.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

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The Doubt Is Normal

Stephen King says the scariest part of writing is just before you begin. But, what if you begin and are still afraid? The three questions you will encounter during your journey towards beginning/finishing your WIP are:

Can I do this?

Can I finish this?

Will I do this again?

One of the ways, the best way, you combat this feeling of doubt is to–keep writing. This will be your sledgehammer; your dynamite; your lifeline and or anchor. You have to keep writing. You must keep writing.

Consider your writing talent a house you are building. Every word, every idea, every thought you chase, is brick, window or door to your house. Doubts are the drafts which come in to steal your fire. Doubts are the cracks in your foundation to rob you of confidence. Doubts are the leaks in the roof, to discourage you from finishing a work.

Doubt corrupts all aspects of creative channels. It corrupts, and cripples. But the antedote to it is in the process! You cure doubt by continuing the process. You stop the doubt but finishing not relinquishing your creativity!

In short: don’t give up again.

I believe in you. Keep writing.

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Encouragement Pages-08/28/2019: More About Reading

Aside from your physical writing tools, books are going to be the next biggest investment.

A writer’s library is an arsenal! From pop culture, to reference books, to your own favorites, your library may take a while to get it how you want, but build it anyway!

Your future self will thank you.

In Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-08/22/2019

Look it up!

Writers are these weird people with thee strangest walking around information!

Example: The pH of blood is 7.35.

Yes, that’s a real fact. But, I digress.

Writers need to remain curious! Things that intrigue you, scare you, turn you on, look them up! Your research base as a writer needs to be ever expanding!

This includes words you don’t know—vocabulary is still your meat and potatoes. Remember that.

Good luck!

I believe in you!

In Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-08/14/2019-With The Glory

“To the victor go the spoils!”

Concentrate on your process, dear ones. I want to remind you that you are going to have to fight a little bit for your work. You are going to have to adapt a relentlessness about your work.

You will have to be determined from conception to completion.

The story was given to you—and so it must be completed by you.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-07/22/2019: Get It Off Your Head

There is a boldness that comes when you begin to write. It comes from a place of honesty, pain, imagination or escape.

Never think a word that you have put down was there by mistake. The first thing any writer has to do is get the idea off their head.

Get it off your head.

If you have an idea, don’t let it flutter. Don’t let it roll around with no end.

Be bold, dear scribe. Be bold.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris