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Encouragement Pages-04/16/2021

Celebrate the start.

Celebrate the finish.

Celebrate that you started again.

Celebrate that you didn’t stop.

Celebrate that you believed enough in yourself to do it all over again.

Celebrate.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

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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.

Encouragement Pages-12/11/2020

Make today your last day you ask permission to write what you want to write.

Let me tell you a secret: you don’t need anyone’s permission.

Stop waiting for permission that you don’t need, that won’t come to do the work you want to do.

Don’t cheapen your talent, don’t cheapen your gift by waiting for other people to see it to validate it. You don’t need their permission.

You never did. You never will.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-12/09/2020

Writing is one of those things with is like dropping a rock into an ocean. There are ripples, effects which immediate and those which are far reaching. There is so much that goes into and claiming that title of writer. But do it anyway…do it anyway!

What I want you to do today, aside from claiming this title as writer, is to believe in yourself. That is the hardest thing to do as an artist.

That belief in self is either a catalyst or a deterrent.

Be your own catalyst.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Facts, Truths And Focus: Retreats And Workshops Are What You Make Them

Let me tell you a simple truth. Retreats and workshops are tools. They are things which are able to sharpen the talent and gifts that you have. Being a writer does not make you a wizard, dear one. This is gift is one that you must work at, and work to be successful. Good writing doesn’t just occur. It doesn’t just happen–it is worked at. One of the reasons such resources exist are to encourage those whom write the confidence to write better! There is nothing wrong with wanting to improve you talent. There is nothing wrong with believing  you do something well, only to desire to that thing better! Writing, truly pursuing this–will require an investment; the primary investment is time. Always time. Let me give this formula:  Facts + Truths = Focus.  The fact is simple:  you are a writer.  The truth is, you could write better–there is a way to do what you do better. With those things compiled will only yield focus! It is this simple formula which will prepare you for the challenges posed by and through any workshop or retreat. Don’t push away from this process, dear Oracle. If you want to write, be a better writer even, you must write.

Encouragement Pages-08/14/2020

The good news: there is always a blank page.

The bad news: there is always a blank page.

What I want you to remember is that you have all within you, to do all that you decide! There are no limits to your imagination–but you have to but something forth from your own talent–meaning, you have to believe in yourself first before you ever put it on paper.

There is always a blank page.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages 11/29/2019

Writing is one of the few professions were merit is your credit. Where your ability to honor the others that come before you, allows you to increase your influence and networking.

One of the worst things you can have as a writer is ‘bad credit.’ The worst thing you can be labeled as is a writer that takes work without credit, or publishes other people’s work as your own, or whom is known to not ‘own your own pen.’

I know the process of writing can be hard, it can be thankless, and an easy out can [seem to be] plagiarism.

Don’t fall for that trap. You can do better.

Don’t ruin your writer credit.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Note: The topic of ‘bad credit’ as a writer will be discussed is Season 2 of The Writers’ Block Podcast–which resumes on December 5, 2019.

Encouragement Pages-10/11/2019-Holy Word Boldness

The English language has 26 letters.

At present, there are over 170,000 words.

Over. 170,000 words.

This means that you have the chance to say everything that you needed to say. Everything that you want to say, need to have other folk hear, and for the world to be aware of.

Never, ever say that you have nothing to say.

I’m sure there’s a word for it. If it ain’t, make it up!

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-08/22/2019

Look it up!

Writers are these weird people with thee strangest walking around information!

Example: The pH of blood is 7.35.

Yes, that’s a real fact. But, I digress.

Writers need to remain curious! Things that intrigue you, scare you, turn you on, look them up! Your research base as a writer needs to be ever expanding!

This includes words you don’t know—vocabulary is still your meat and potatoes. Remember that.

Good luck!

I believe in you!

In Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Writer’s Corner: Savan Robbins

The lovely Savan Robbins is an enigma wrapped with immaculate eyebrows. From the humorous to the erotic, she has a little bit of something for everyone. In her hectic schedule, she took time out to speak to our admin about what makes her tick. As well as what keeps her pen, and cursor moving.

When asked about the beginning of her writing resume, she admits she’s been writing since she was about 12. “I started with short stories, mostly dramas or horror type works, then later evolved into romance and more erotic type work (in conjunction with other genres) as an adult.”

Like all writers, Savan has her own writing schedule–crafted to her needs. She says her greatest challenge is overcoming life obstacles and just finding time to write. “It’s a never-ending challenge at this point. But in time, it gets easier.”

Take this critical piece of writing from Savan, given as only a writer can deliver it:

“My writing schedule is essentially write when you can. For some, having a specific schedule works. For others, life can get in the way and other things will be more important at times. So my advice with this is: if you’re the type of person who can make a schedule and stick to it, do that. If you can’t, just write whenever the mood strikes you. There is no right or wrong way to write. Just do whatever works best for you.”

From this rich advice, we delved deeper. It’s always easy to think the people whom call themselves writers never have an issue or problem, well, writing! When asked about this, Savan admits writing isn’t easy. As a matter of fact, she says it this way: “If you’re doing it right it’s hard.” When given the space to expound upon that, she says writing a book no one will read is easy; writing a book for others is hard.

Savan gives this additional gem:

“It’s more than just good grammar or stringing phrases together that make sense; it’s thinking about ideas, research and editing, finding covers, marketing, reading (and not absorbing) negative reviews…there are so many parts that go into selling a book to the masses that people don’t even think about. But if you are willing to do what it takes to make your dream happen, it will be the most fulfilling thing you’ll ever do.”

With the majority of her work published exclusively to Amazon, Savan says her greatest joy with writing is when readers let her know that they enjoyed the story or really connected with something she wrote and it resonated with them.

When asked about current and future projects, Savan is focusing more on editing at the moment. However, fear not Savan fans! She says there are some paranormal romance projects and some contemporary works she has in the works. Savan also said that she has some novellas brewing which should be published later on in this summer.

With all the gems given during the course of time together, Savan was asked if she had any other advice for new writers or those whom want to start writing again. As she has for the entire interview, she gives this last jewel.

“Just keep writing. If you get negative feedback about your writing, step outside your feelings – because writers are sensitive about criticism even if we say we’re not – and see if it truly applies to your work. Then figure out how to make it better. There are thousands of craft books and free and paid tools to perfect your writing. The only thing that will hold anyone back from being a great writer is their own ego. The sky is the limit…”

Indeed it is, Savan. See you on the Best-Sellers list!

Savan Robbins is a writer extraordinaire who is conquering the world one word and one page at a time. From romance to common sense soup for the soul, she’s got you covered.
You can find her for editing needs at theblurbdiva.com or check out her author page at savanrobbins.com.