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.

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