Encouragement Pages-04/30/2021

Writing requires a degree of focus.

That focus comes from one thing: REST.

Since writing comes from creative energy, sometimes when a writer is tired? That needs to be noticed. Your need for rest needs to be honored.

Writers need rest. You would be surprised at just how productive you can be with a nap.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-04/28/2021

You’re going to hit a wall.

It is going to be abrupt, painful, and will feel very ‘all of a sudden.’

Yet, this is a watershed moment! You will have two options: quit or regroup.

Writing is demanding! Writing can be hard, and depending on the subject matter? Writing can feel very impossible! But, those choices are still there. They are still relevant.

Regroup and ask yourself three questions:

1.) Am I tired?

2.) What am I scared to say?

3.) Do I need to take a break?

There is more to writing than just writing. Remember that.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Book In A Year Series-Month 4: The Hope Of Working Knowledge

Writers are readers.

What I want you to remember as Month 4 of this process ends, is that writing will require you to chase your imagination. It will require you honoring your intellectual curiosity, and be willing to have a certain amount of walking around (working) knowledge.

Now, what do I mean when I say walking around or working knowledge? This is a set of information that you have independent of other outside research or knowledge. These are just things you know because you have experience them, learned of them, or even went to school to learn. Since you know these things, research is not paramount to your writing–it is a back up!

Lydia King is a writer, and a doctor. When she wrote Opium and Absinthe, she had the medical knowledge to write about the pain her protag was experiencing and even the reason why. Yet, due to the setting of the story, she still had to research what would make the setting accurate! You cannot get away from research: it is only the amount that you must research!

Reading is the cheapest way to feed that working knowledge. Feed your head–keep reading. Your imagination will thank you.

Encouragement Pages-04/23/2021

Go where the story takes you.

Try not to edit as you write–your goal is to write everything down. Get it all out! Then go back.

THEN. GO. BACK.

Let the story take you where it is supposed to go. Don’t hinder yourself trying to edit and write at the same time. You will stop your creative flow.

Write first. Then edit.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-04/21/2021

Remember your KEYS.

This is your reminder so save as you go, and save in two places.

Invest in a cloud, jump drive, Dropbox, or you could even do it old school: e-mail.

Set up a DUMP EMAIL. What is this? An email account that exists solely for the purpose of saving your work. You can send WIP’s here, along with completed work!

Jump drives it lost, Cloud storage runs out, and sometimes you get locked out of Dropbox–but an email? There are permanent.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Book In A Year Series-Month 4: Why Credit Is Necessary

Note: There will be a social media talk/live (On Facebook and Instagram) about this on Friday, April 23, 2021.

Writing is a part of the arts.

With this being so, writers are artists. In being a part of this guild, it is the expectation that you do your work honest, and with merit.

What does this mean?

The cardinal rule of writing is this: YOU DO NOT STEAL FROM OTHER WRITERS.

You can be inspired by other writers. You can be influenced by writers, and even try to imitate them! But, you cannot take the work of another writer, and claim it as your own. Writers do no steal for other writers! I cannot emphasize this enough.

This is why research is needed.

This is why you must be knowledgeable about your genre.

This is why you must believe enough in your own talent to write the story that you want to write.

Writing is dual ended: the world inspires us! Writing, like acting, is a sort of thievery. We take from other people, their experience, and even conjure people from our imaginations to suit the needs of a story! But, you must understand that intellectual property is still a thing. It is still relevant!

If your story is a fan fiction, and you do not own the characters, you have to say that.

If your story is an adaptation (like the author who had to ask the estate of Margaret Mitchell to write a sequel to Gone With The Wind!), you have to say that.

If the story is not a complete original thought? YOU HAVE TO SAY THAT.

Writing, and your integrity as a writer, is dependent on whether or not you can give credit where credit is due. Do not be labeled as the writer that steals.

It’s not a good look.

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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