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BOOK IN A YEAR SERIES-MONTH 5: Traditional Books Vs. Ebooks

Decisions, decisions.

In this jungle of self-publishing, writing is only half the battle. The next thing is to decide your format.

Traditional books are physical books—paperback or hardback.

E-books are just that—electronic books. There is a reason Amazon has made so much money with Kindle! I mean, as a bibliophile? I love being able to take my entire library with me ALL THE TIME.

What I want you to remember both have their advantages, and disadvantages. But know that you are in control. It is important to research your options, as well as what your work requires.

Some things to consider while deciding which set up is right for you and your story:

What is the genre?

Word count?

Is this a collaboration with another writer or an anthology?

Page length?

What is the publishing date?

All these things matter when making the transition from messy idea to final draft. The work has to consider not just the ease of formatting—but the ease that is translated to the reader.

Go forth and write!

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Encouragement Pages-04/14/2021

Your story is yours. Read it again.

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.

For them, for you, keep writing.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

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Book In A Year Series-Month 4: Out Of Whole Cloth, Or Not (Or The Danger Of Open Sources)

Writers are known to make things up as you go.

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.

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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.

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[Name] Change Is Coming

Hello My Fellow Oracles:

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:

-Encouragement Pages

-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.

Thank you for your support!

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Introduction-What It All Means

Writing is a form of creation.

It takes passion and force and focus to create something. That passion is what fuels the vision of what you desire to do. The force is what gives you the strength to do all you desire.

Remember…the Flow is not just an nebulous thing! It is something that is equal parts power and privilege. With all that, combined with time, grants us focus.

That focus is what allows us as creators to truly create—to have nothing ahead of you or inside of you other than raw creative energy. This is what it means to tap into that power.

Herein is what it means to create The Flow.

The Flow is not a secret. It is not vapid nor is it something that is a rumor artists share or whisper about! It is not something that is accidental, but always fueled by intent—and intention.

Intention powers The Flow. Focus directs us to the best access to it. Passion keeps us chasing it, because there is no high like it! None. Let us continue to explore this more.

Indeed, there is a power in and to creation. And we—and you—have it.

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The Flow–Identification

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.

Be brave.

Be tenacious!

Write!