Here Is A Mystery: The Power Of The Continued Yes

I never set out to be a blogger.

I thought since I considered myself writer, most writers didn’t become bloggers. I think that is a little elitist looking back on it. The steady quote I ground myself with is by Christopher Priest:

“A real writer can write anything.”

It wasn’t until a recently as 2 years ago, that I finally was brave enough to call myself a real writer. I was afraid if I did, that I would be adrift in the creative world around me. However, in reclaiming my talent, and being confident in what I knew I could do. I was a writer. In being a writer, I could write anything. No topic is strange. No idea too far. I could even start a blog.

I said ‘yes’ to my talent. I said ‘yes’ to projects, and being a part of creative spaces. Saying ‘yes’ allowed me to own all I would create. I was free to develop my craft and voice. I reclaimed my artistic self. It is from, for and because of that reclamation, that you have found a space here, dear Writer-Scribe-Oracle.

You don’t know how far you will go if you never go.

All work starts with a yes. No matter the size, topic, width and breadth of the work, all starts with a yes. Here is what you say yes to.

YES I will:

-claim the title of writer.

-write this story/essay/post.

-write about new topics.

– be confident in my imagination.

-follow my imagination to its conclusion.

Becoming a writer, holding that title, is incredible. The mystery lies in you and your ability to give weight to what it is you create. Or desire to create. Give yourself credit and appreciate the progress as you go.

Writing, like life, is a journey.

I believe in you. Take your pens, your cache of paper, and full imagination and create. Go solve your own mystery of the talent you hold. One word at a time. But go.

Encouragement Pages: 06/12/2019- Stir It Up

Write about the things you love.

Write about the things you hate.

Write about the things that turn you on.

Write about the things that scare you.

The beautiful thing about starting a new work is that you don’t or may not directly know how it all will end. But, be cognizant of the things which draw you to write! Remember what you are creating. Remember that you are in control of it. Don’t be afraid of your imagination—dark or light.

Push yourself.

You’ll be amazed at what you find.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages: 06/10/2019-The Scary Parts




It’s always going to be scary right before you start a WIP. It is always scary right before you put pen to paper. It is quite scary to start a new work! There is this mix if awe and anxiety and excitement. But sometimes that anxiety engulfs every portion of excitement.

But don’t listen to the anxiety! Don’t listen to it! If the idea is there, keep it! Save it! Work it! But don’t let it go.

Keep writing!

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

What It All Means

If you get nothing else from this month, I want you to become more comfortable with being a writer. I want you to be able to look at screens, or blank pages and let what is in you flow out.

I want you to be comfortable with people calling you a writer as well. Be comfortable with people asking you to create. Be okay with people inviting you to creative spaces. You are being asked to these places because people believe in your talent–and what you have to say.

The question really is, do you believe what you have to say?

If you believe, then write. If you don’t believe, write anyway. Sometimes, just sometimes, inspiration doesn’t come. It has to be conjured.

Encouragement Pages: 5/31/19

I want you to go back to the drawing board today.

I want you to go on your computer, the Cloud, phone or desk drawer. I want you to look at your work.

The unfinished. The unstarted. The drafts. The doubts.

I want you to look at your work.

I want you to be aware that these pieces of tangible imagination came from you.

Now, with that same bravery, pick one to finish by the end of the year. It’s only May. You can do it!

Honor your talent.

In Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages: 5/22/19-Stuck In The Middle

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“Work the work.”

With any WIP, this is the best advice I am able to give you, fellow oracle and aspiring scribe. There is must be a methodology to what you plan to create. There must be a plan other than ‘I am going to just write and see what happens.’

This  is good enough for the immediate–you can’t work or edit a blank page for sure–but that runs short. You must determine to make the completion of your WIP a priority. This means you will have to decide how not to be stuck–and if you are stuck?

You have to be able to examine how you got there.

In Love & Ink,

JBHarris