Encouragement Pages-06/07/2021

Let’s talk about this word: WRITER

What I have noticed in the work I do in mentoring and coaching is people shy away from this title of writer. It seems weighty, scary and completely alien, applicable to more famous people.

That title of writer is for anyone brave enough to put pen to paper or light to screen. You are a writer.

You. Are. A. Writer.

So…write.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

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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