Sharing What You Love, Without Apology

In the culmination of any work, you have two options. Keep the what you have created, or share it. Each are noble on their faces. However, you can–you must–only choose one.

If you keep you work a secret, you will stow away all you worked on, and poured into hidden away from the rest of the world. You forgo rejection from the outside world–for a time at least. But, you also forgo any support, appreciation, and networking which can be garnered. You lock the door to access.

If you share what you have poured into and loved, you do and will run the risk of that particular work being rejected. However, self-rejection is the most insidious type of rejection: it robs you of the possibility, the hope of trying to get any published; denies you any positive feedback or direction as well. Sharing allows the love for your work, the respect for your talent (even with your own comprehension) to be appreciated. It is through that recognition–even of such a talent and skill–which will empower you to write more.

This is why sharing of the work is always important!

The first person you will ever write for you is yourself. Don’t disappoint yourself through acts of second-guessing and self-rejection.

Love is your power source–and the why. The motivation to keep writing is always the key. Keep the doors unlocked.

Encouragement Pages-09/09/2019: Chase The Story

I want you to know that you have so many stories. You have so many stories on the inside of you. I want you to be brave enough to look for them. This week, during the second week of Back To Writing Month, I want you to find what is brewing in your mind and go after it.

I want you to seek it out.

Don’t shy from it.

Get at the story. Chase it. Don’t let it get away this time.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages: 4/24/19-Put Your Thoughts On Wax

Writers use all kinds of tools to get the work of writing done. One of the most overlooked tools is what is a freely installed app on your phone.

Voice Memos.

This feature allows you the unique ability to record your idea, with a time and date stamp. It’s your own ‘poor man’ copyright. Take advantage of this feature. It’s not as sexy as pen and paper, I know. There is a sensual nature to that, without a doubt. But if preserving the story is the goal, keeping the idea in tact the mission (read: especially, if pen and paper aren’t available!) record it.

It’ll save your sanity.

And maybe keep you from cursing your future self for not recording the idea at first unction.