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I have always loved writing, and I know that skill of verbal, written expression is not easy for everyone. The goal here at Hesed Communications & Writing Services  is to make that process less stressful.

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Jennifer P. Harris

Editor/Founder- Hesed Communications & Writing Services

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Encouragement Pages-06/23/2021

Make war with the words!

Do not come lightly to the blank pages. Do not become complacent with not writing! The words that need to be said or written need to indeed need to come from you!

The story that you need to write needs to come from you. Don’t be afraid—write it scared, and edit with bravery.

Keep going!

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

BOOK IN A YEAR SERIES-MONTH 6: The Power Of A Draft

TW: writing anxiety

For all the writing coaching that I do, there is one consistent thing that I have seen across all of my clients: fear of getting stuck in the middle of a draft. This getting stuck is indicative of a greater problem! Yet, these problems are why I am a writing coach.

Getting stuck, that feeling of not being able to write, is one of most common reason I see writers quit. This is different than writers’ block! This is being unsure of what to do next–being stuck!–is different than not being able to write! Being stuck is anxiety-inducing, and it will make you give up.

YET–there is a way to combat it. You have to write through it. The only way to get unstuck, is to get unstuck! Don’t quit in the middle because it is hard! There are three ways to get unstuck:

1.) Take a break. Walk away from the draft for 30-90 days. Sometimes you have to give space between you and the work. That may be all you need–sometimes you need to see forest AND trees.

2.) Get a new set of eyes. It is always good to someone to look over your work and offer feedback. It might even help brainstorm!

3.) A spaced-out read through. Give yourself about a week from what your current project. After that week (or no more than a month), read through what you have. And write. Even if it is one or two pages.

Sometimes you need a push to get unstuck.

Writer Spotlight-Janelle Fallon

Writer Spotlight Questions:

  1. Describe your writing journey.
  • What is your favorite thing to write?
  • What inspires you to write?
  • How do you define success as a writer?
  • Where can you be found on social media?
  • What books have you published? Where can your books be purchased/ordered?
  • What are your future projects?

What is the best piece of writing advice you have been given

Encouragement Pages-06/16/2021–Reconciling The Writer (2/3)

Reconciling the Writer continues.

The question: If you are afraid, what are you afraid to say?

This is important because if you cannot pinpoint what you are afraid of, then it will be come a fear. It will muzzle you and stymie you!

A stymied writer is a writer whom isn’t writing.

These things are not to be taken lightly, and have to be confronted for the strengthening of your talent.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

BOOK IN A YEAR SERIES-MONTH 6: The Power Of A Draft

“It doesn’t have to be perfect. It just has to be written.” -JBHarris

What I think is so disheartening about the writing process is that it can feel so daunting! What you have in your head and what may come out of it doesn’t always look the most polished, sane or pretty.

But that is the point of a rough draft–it’s rough! It’s not meant to be clean. It is meant to be written. Think of it as going through a forest with a machete. Your job is to cut a path. And keep cutting the path towards the other side of the forest–by any means necessary.

Remember that the most crucial thing is to get what you have what is in your head out of it.

No more. No less.

The most important thing about a draft is that once it is written–it can be changed! It can be lengthened, shortened and made a series with the right motivations. In essence, this is the poignant thing to remember when beginning a draft–fiction or non-fiction!

I know it’s messy. I know it is scary. I know it feels impossible, soul-crushing and challenges your imagination–but write anyway. The next step is the revision. This is where Neil Gaiman says where you look like you knew what you were doing the whole time.

Encouragement Pages-06/14/2021-Reconciling The Writer (1/3)

Reconciling the Writer is just what it sounds like.

Through this three day process, I will as you this question first:

What are you afraid of?

Fear will always be the weight invisible that ties your hands. It blanks your mind and sets destructive fire to all your imaginations. It will lie to you. It will make excuses and will always tell you tomorrow is going to be the best time to do anything.

Confront the fear. Dismantle it. Write through it.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Reconciling The Writer

*This will be a show on The Writers’ Block Podcast on 6/24/2021. Follow me on TikTok @shesgottapen.

This month has been introspective for me. This is why the theme for this week’s Encouragement Pages is this: reconciling the writer.

With all that is going on in the world, it can be hard to remember that you are both artist and human being. In that space of reconciliation, I have three questions which I will ask this week. These three questions will aid in your self-examination, and to steer you back to writing.

Be brave. Be bold. Keep going.

KEEP GOING!

Happy Writing.