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.

Encouragement Pages-03/10/2021

Organization is the key to your writing focus! It will keep your sanity as well as your stamina! Make sure that you are taking the time to review what you have in order to lay the foundation for the work that you want to do.

Use this acronym to help: KEYS.

Keep all files label.

Evaulate what you need to do next.

Yield time to what you must do (*scheduling is important).

Save your work in two places.

You’re welcome.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Note: Listen to THE WRITERS’ BLOCK PODCAST 3/14 for more about KEYS.

Book In A Year Series: Month 2-Starting The Process. Let’s Talk About Brainstorming

The first rule of writing, which will help you forever, is this: your imagination is yours. And only yours. All the things you dream up, want to create all belong to you. Since this powerful tool belongs to you, the power to create (and destroy) belongs to you. And just you.

With this confidence in mind, I want you to remember that what you create–you (and only you) will see first!

Before you start writing, I want you to get accustom to thinking about what you want to write about. And really begin to think about what you want to create. The more comfortable you are with it, the more you will want to write it down.

Here are some tips to help with brainstorming:

1.) If an idea reoccurs more than twice, that’s a queue to write it down.

2.) Think about the time of day that you feel most productive. Try writing at this time, or recording ideas that reoccur at this time.

3.) Isolate some time to think about what you want to write about. That dedicated time will help with creativity.

4.) Remember to be patient with yourself. Writing is a process. It is a marathon and not a sprint.

It’s only month two–we got a while to go. I believe in you. Keep going.

Book In A Year Series- Month 1 The Apprehension: Let’s Get Started

Toni Morrison said that the book you want to read, you might just have to write.

It is with that motivation in mind, I tell you this: The fear of writing a book is normal.

I say it again: THE FEAR OF WRITING A BOOK IS NORMAL.

It is scary to put your thoughts in a place where not just you will be able to read them. It is completely valid to think you can’t, you won’t, you shouldn’t and you should abandon all thought of it! Let this month, be the hug you need to reassure–as well as the nudge forward to begin.

It’s always the scariest part right before you begin! That will never change–you just learn how to manage it!

So where are three things I want you to keep in mind which will minimize your anxiety, which will only fuel your apprehension:

1.) Recognize the fear is normal. You’re creating a new thing! That is nerve-racking! But it is normal.

2.) Realize that no book or story is written overnight. You do have time.

3.) Remember that you are in control of the story. How fast or how slow–you are the one that is flying the plane.

Take a deep breath, and start.