The story you want to write has two owners: yours as the writer and the people that love what you have written. The story, the people, the places, the worlds–they are yours. They are meant for consumption, enjoyment, information, and for the desire of the seeking reader.
Even the writer Tananarive Due said that sometimes, as a writer, that you must ‘make up’ what you need. There is nothing wrong with that, of course, yet, there are things that you must be mindful of.
A good rule of thumb as a writer is that if you have elements in your story that have a basis in your current reality (geography, specific people, certain lore, etc), you need to have a trusted site to reference. Here is where we get tp the meat of the matter: open sources vs. closed sources.
Open sources: this is software (or a cite) that everyone can see, anyone can modify and can share as they see fit. Since these sources are not regulated, they are not trusted. This is why Wikipedia is not a trusted source.
Closed sources: systems use code that is proprietary and kept secret to prevent its use by other entities. Traditionally, they are sold for a profit. Only the original authors of software can access, copy, and alter that software. These are articles are found on search engines (Google, Bing, etc).
What I want you to remember on your journey to writing is you always want to use a closed source because it will grant you accurate information. When you are constructing a world, you need accurate information. Once you have a foundation of information, you can augment as you see fit–but you need that foundation to be sure!
Research Tip #2: Bookmark your resource sites, It will save your heartache in the long run. You’re welcome.
This year of 2020 has been so—yeah. It has been equal parts amazing and trying. But, it is amazing to see the opportunities that are coming and being created. With that said, there are lots of changes coming which are going to encompass everything that I desire to do with this space and this platform.
So, as of January 2021, JBHarris Writing Services will become Hesed Communications & Writing Services. This change is necessary, but never fear! The same things you see on the site now, will stay! Like:
-Links to exclusive content
-Designated themes for the month
-All writing services will be present
There are things that I want to do, and I need time do that that. This includes the mentorship group that I am working on! Make sure that you follow this space for all the things that are coming! I am excited, I am focused, and I welcome you all into this space and along this journey.
Rod Serling (the creator of The Twilight Zone) said that writing is incessant, and demanding–and he succumbed to it. This is the best way to describe this entity, this power, this source knows as The Flow.
It is this need to create that is indescribable–this feeling that you as a creative person to pull out what is in your head, and put it on paper. Or on canvas. Or film. It is the feeling (it definitely starts as this), this unction that is pushing you to create, forcing you to create. I feels like all creative channels are open and anything that can be created, will be. The great thing about The Flow is once you have experienced it, you will never be confused as to what it is!
Think of it as a teapot. Your talent is what fills it. Time and effort heat the water, and when it whistles? That is your queue to create. That is your signal that you are sitting on something amazing, that you have the amazing on the inside of you–and you should believe enough in yourself to do access it, in order to bring to life what is already living on the inside of you.