Encouragement Pages-04/07/2021

Your imagination is powerful, but your imagination is not enough.

There is nothing wrong with you as writer following your intellectual curiosity and seeing what you come up with! Look up new words! Find a YourTube rabbit hole and see what comes up!

Research the world around you.

One of the greatest things about writing is that you are always in this constant state of researching, asking questions, and figuring out what fits where.

Intellectual curiosity is an open door, don’t lock it.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-03/31/2021

The pages are yours. They belong to you. They are yours to command.

To comment on. To cry on. To bleed through. To cut the way through and towards. Pages mark your journey, count your steps towards progress!

Fill them. Be merciless with their filling! Bend them to your will.

Always.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-03/17/2021

What tools are at your disposal? Why aren’t you using them? What are you afraid of?

Fear is the greatest eraser and destroyer of work than a crashed computer, misplaced drive or file.

The tools writers use are always at your disposal—use them!

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

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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

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!