Encouragement Pages-07/16/2021

This week’s Encouragement Pages have given way to an essay that will be available during September 2021. The month of September has been designated at BACK TO WRITING MONTH. This is going to be good! -JBH

Here is a formula for writing boldly:

(Imagination x Vocabulary) – Fear + Time= Writing Boldly.

Let me say it this way.

All writers have an imagination they are used to tapping into, and all writers have an imagination that they don’t tap into often. I like to call this TCI. What is the TCI? The Complete Imagination is your imagination as a whole: the things you fear, you desire, that you love, lust or even hate. All these thing influence you as a writer.

Don’t shy away from this. Tap into it.

You can do it!

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Book In A Year Series: Month 7- The Power Of A Rewrite, The Add-Ins

Draft? Check.

Jitters? Double-check.

But, that’s why I’m here to help! It is normal to have jitters when starting a rewrite. If you don’t have them, I question you as a writer.

Rewrites, revisions can be nerve-wracking! They can be emotionally draining and you just may plain old don’t want to do them!

Yet, this is necessary.

Very rarely do you do write the exact thing you want in a rough draft. On the off chance that you have, you still need to take time to proofread for grammar and other small mistakes. A rough draft is just that—ROUGH!

The revision is the smoothing out, adding in, taking out, all the stuff that you wanted to do when you started but may not have seen that you could do! Take advantage of that! Instead of seeing the revision as a chore, see it as an opportunity! The process will go better when you do.

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.