Encouragement Pages-04/28/2021

You’re going to hit a wall.

It is going to be abrupt, painful, and will feel very ‘all of a sudden.’

Yet, this is a watershed moment! You will have two options: quit or regroup.

Writing is demanding! Writing can be hard, and depending on the subject matter? Writing can feel very impossible! But, those choices are still there. They are still relevant.

Regroup and ask yourself three questions:

1.) Am I tired?

2.) What am I scared to say?

3.) Do I need to take a break?

There is more to writing than just writing. Remember that.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-02/19/2021

Writers are a fan of tomorrow. So much so that they sometimes start everything then.

To that thought, let me counter with this piece of wisdom: tomorrow never comes.

Which leaves you a decision, dear writer. When will you start writing—now or tomorrow?

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

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

Let me off you this bit of encouragement: you have already done the hardest thing. The hardest thing that you have done, or will do, for this endeavor is start.

You started! At this point, accept the nerves that will come with this. Accept that the map is not completely laid, the ideas will stutter, and there may even be some days that you think you cannot do this. With you not believing you can’t go on or write another word–when the fear and apprehension try to take hold–do this: breathe.

As hard as it is, I want you to breathe. I want you to remember the thoughts you want to write are yours; the story is yours; the space is yours; you are still in control! Bear in mind the words of James Baldwin: “Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed unless it is faced.”

This is the fear you must face, and face down–this unknown. You must embrace this unsteadiness–it will pass. It will pass as you continue on. You can do it. Keep going.

Encouragement Pages-12/18/2020

Take responsibility for what you write and what you don’t write.

The time you have not writing, the time you have writing, the time you spend actually writing are all under your control. They are all subject to your demands, to your time, and even your desire to write.

You are in control, so act like it. So write like it.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-08/05/2020-OWN YOUR WORK (Part 2)

What I want you, need you, to remember is that your life is not a mistake. There have been mistakes, yes, but your life if not a mistake. And sometimes–those ‘mistakes’ make the best stories.

Ask Amy Tan.

Sometimes you can rewrite history as it is and as it should be.

And how you want it to be.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-07/22/2020, Regaining Focus (Part 2)

The hardest thing you will encounter while writing is the dynamic duo of time and planning.

Some times the best writing has to be harnessed, caught and pushed (this is the surge of creativity artists rant about. It is a real thing!), other times you must put your own energy to storm as you want!

Remember focusing requires discoline. It requires seeing one thing in front of you, and just that one thing, so your task can be completed.

How will you harness your focus today?

Writing Sprints?

Turning off your phone?

Developing back story for your character?

The day is yours. The time is yours. Use both wisely.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Combating Self-Rejection: Planning

Writing is a journey and a process. As a writer, you must keep in mind thinking about writing is important before you start writing—as cliched as this sounds. It’s true! One of the most crucial things you can do as a writer is to plan out what you want to write about—if possible! This will help ease any anxiety or stress you will have when writing. Planning allows your imagination to have a map! These types of maps are important when it relates to self-rejection! These maps are most often known/referenced as an outline. While not all writers use these, however, for those writers who are comfortable using them find much success with them! They allow your imagination to be aware of what is to come. Outlines are guidelines to follow; this ability to follow the guidelines for your new work, will allow you to not panic when you put pen to paper. Never underestimate the power of the tools are your disposal! Planning–good planning!–as a writer will save you time, energy and frustration. Which, in turn, will make you more comfortable with that you want to create! Be ready to plan! Plan to be successful!

The Pen Of The Ready Writer

On your mark! Get set! Write!


Nikkie Giovanni reminds us that if you write like someone is over your shoulder, you will never write. This is true–it is absolutely true! Writing is not like cards, chess or any other hobby you can just deftly pick up! There is a skill to this! A rhythm even!

In order to write, two things must happen. The first is you must believe you can. The second is to be willing to so such a thing. If these too things do now sync, you will not write. Not a world, not a syllable, nor a jot or tittle. These two things working in unison, perform a circuit. They power your creativity, allowing you to create as you see fit!

Make the connection, my Oracles! The screens and pages are waiting.