Encouragement Pages-08/30/2019: What’s On Your Shelves?

One of bonuses about reading is you can scope out the competition! Reading the books in your chosen genre allow you to see what trends are present, what tropes are most common, and how the pros do it!

The right book at the right time may encourage you to switch genres, try your hand at a fresh retelling of an old story or a new point of view.

Writing should never be static!

Keep writing! Keep reading!

In Love & Ink,

JBHarris

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-08/26/2019

Get to work!

Writing is more than words on a page! It is more than buying pens and notebooks! Writing involves work, dear ones! Part of that is research. Which means what? Say it all together: READ!

Most writers start of as readers, or in some way fascinated by language. Reading, feeding your curiosity to the point of frenzy, is the best way to keep your mind sharp. To expand your imagination’s boundaries.

The work of writing will always involve reading.

In Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-08/19/2019-Begin The Beginning

The scary part is always the start.

The scary part will ever be not even the part where you decide to begin, as Stephen King advises. It will be where you decide you have an idea you want to explore. When you decide you want to take a daydream, a random thought, and stretch it to a reading reality.

I want you to know picking an idea is scarier than actually writing about it.

But write anyway.

With 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-07/31/2019-Visibility

I want you to think about your current work in progress. I want you to think about what would happen if you took the limits off your own talent. I want you to think about what your work would become if you allowed yourself to write like no one was looking.

Or watching.

Or would care.

And that feeling? Take that and run with it.

The only person that can stop you is 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