Encouragement Pages-07/14/2021

Being bold as a writer requires that you be willing to make your imagination vulnerable, and flexible to what you need it to be. Mining out the boldness as a writer requires that you listen to what is in your head, and not fearing that!

Writing boldly will require you be gentle with yourself–as well as pushing yourself. But, yet–it is completely worth it.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Book In A Year Series, Month 7: The Power Of A Rewrite, The Once Over

So, you did it.

You did a thing!

You completed a draft of some thing that only existed in your head. Now, you have to go through the process of (gasp!) EDITING.

I know, I know. This sounds scary, it sounds intimidating, but this is good thing! Since you have committed to finishing this work, you can either change, put in, or expand. But for this portion, this is what I call The Once Over.

During The Once Over, you just do two thing: celebrate and step away. You take the time to celebrate and enjoy the fact that you wrote something. That you–yes, YOU–wrote something. Before making any changes to a work, celebrate that you wrote it first!

Next week? We get to the ADD IN’s.

Encouragement Pages-06/25/2021

Ideas come at you fast!

Do not be so arrogant to think that all that may come to you through the ether of imagination, you will hold on to without writing it down. Don’t be the writer who loses ideas because they refused to write them down.

Honor your talent.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-06/23/2021

Make war with the words!

Do not come lightly to the blank pages. Do not become complacent with not writing! The words that need to be said or written need to indeed need to come from you!

The story that you need to write needs to come from you. Don’t be afraid—write it scared, and edit with bravery.

Keep going!

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

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

TW: writing anxiety

For all the writing coaching that I do, there is one consistent thing that I have seen across all of my clients: fear of getting stuck in the middle of a draft. This getting stuck is indicative of a greater problem! Yet, these problems are why I am a writing coach.

Getting stuck, that feeling of not being able to write, is one of most common reason I see writers quit. This is different than writers’ block! This is being unsure of what to do next–being stuck!–is different than not being able to write! Being stuck is anxiety-inducing, and it will make you give up.

YET–there is a way to combat it. You have to write through it. The only way to get unstuck, is to get unstuck! Don’t quit in the middle because it is hard! There are three ways to get unstuck:

1.) Take a break. Walk away from the draft for 30-90 days. Sometimes you have to give space between you and the work. That may be all you need–sometimes you need to see forest AND trees.

2.) Get a new set of eyes. It is always good to someone to look over your work and offer feedback. It might even help brainstorm!

3.) A spaced-out read through. Give yourself about a week from what your current project. After that week (or no more than a month), read through what you have. And write. Even if it is one or two pages.

Sometimes you need a push to get unstuck.

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