Critics, Critiques & Commentary: Part 3

Commentary is what writers do best. We always have something to say!

If you see a quiet writer, that means they are debating what to say…or if it would matter if they say something.

Yet, this is what writers do.

Writing is commentary.

Writing is analysis.

Writing is…needed.

Make no mistake: your words are needed and necessary. Your life is comprised of more than your work, yet is powered by your existence and thought!

Weigh in when you must.

Pull back when needed.

Rest when warranted.

Even doubt every now and then.

But give up? No.

Keep going.

-JBHarris

Encouragement Pages- 2/1/2023

For what it’s worth, I am in love with my craft.

I chase it, I am grateful for it.

In that space, I want to wear it out! I want to push it, stretch it, and mold it.

I refuse to go into that Good Night without trying to tap that much more into it?

No. It would be an affront to the God who gave this to me.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

January 2023: READY

Last week, I spoke about how freewriting can be a lifesaver–and a tool!

I also said how freewriting will not (not ever) spoil! Now, what do I mean by spoiling?

Writing doesn’t spoil–it ages. Sometimes, depending on the topic and the time frame, it may age badly. But that doesn’t mean it spoils! The glorious thing about writing is it is resistant to spoiling! Just because you write something doesn’t mean you need to write it down immediately. It doesn’t mean that you won’t write it immediately.

The best thing to do is to write it down–don’t try to make it all make sense! The sensible thing is to get it down–being cognizant of what it is you want to write and get back to, or consistently add to.

The scariest part is the beginning, yes.

The frightening part is not having what you need when you need it–you inevitably will.