Encouragement Pages-06/18/2021-Reconciling The Writer (3/3)

Out of this mini-series, the last thing that I want you to consider is the belief you have in yourself to keep writing. Do you believe that you can do it?

As simple as this is, it is the most complex thing you will have to ask yourself as writer.

Can I do it?

Think and choose wisely.

If you think you can, you will.

If you think you can’t, you won’t.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

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.

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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.

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

“All first drafts are sh!t.” -Ernest Hemingway

What I need all you writers to understand is there is nothing wrong with a messy, dirty first draft. This is a part of the process–the underbelly as it were. It is the underbelly of writing that mines your intent.

Here is what that means.

The greatest power of a draft is intent–the driving force behind your writing. Your first draft flushes out (read: mines–like digging for precious gems) your idea in its most raw form.

It’s hard.

It’s confusing.

It’s maddening.

But it is not impossible. What bares remembering and repeating is the shortest story and the longest story, are still written letter by letter, word by word. Do no despise the small beginnings, the false starts, the double-backing and the imposter syndrome.

Commit to the next word, the next sentence, next paragraph and next paragraphs and the next pages. Be ruthless with the work–and take no prisoners. Take all words captive.

You can do it!