The I In You Series-IMAGINATION

What Do You See?

Fear is the enemy of imagination!

 

​One of the things about writing is the use of your imagination! Also, it grants you the freedom as a minority/BIPOC writer to make the world you want to see—one word at a time.

So, what do you want to see? Every story starts with you first, dear writer. From inception to publishing, it all begins with you. So, what is it that you want to see in the work you write? Remember the words of Mother Morrison:  “If there is a book you want to read, you must write it.”

What idea have you been thinking of that your mind keep bringing you back to? What does it look like? What would it be like to write it? What tools would you need, do you need, in order to write it? This can also be likened to the Prewriting/Brainstorming phase of the writing process. 

As you formulate what it is you want to write, remember it is you that must write it—only you can see what you want the world to see. 

See you next week!

 

BOOK IN A YEAR SERIES-Month 5: Traditional Books Vs. Ebooks

We live in a strange time.

We live in a digital age where books still matter! As a writer, one of the biggest decisions you will make aside from deciding what to write is what medium you want to publish in.

When making that decision, it will be of great help to consider two things:

Who is your audience?

How long is your book?

There are some readers who prefer a traditional book (paperback/hardback), some prefer a blend (electronic/traditional), and there are those who just prefer e-books.

With the success and brainchild of smartphones, apps, the force of nature that is Kindle, it is easy to take your entire library anywhere you go or the book your friend across the world recommended to you.

Each have their drawbacks, and benefits which are totally subject to the desire of the reader. For as many people who love books as gifts, whom still get lost in bookstores, there are just as many that love carrying all their books in one place no matter what!

Consider your reader. They will thank you for it.

Encouragement Pages-04/30/2021

Writing requires a degree of focus.

That focus comes from one thing: REST.

Since writing comes from creative energy, sometimes when a writer is tired? That needs to be noticed. Your need for rest needs to be honored.

Writers need rest. You would be surprised at just how productive you can be with a nap.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-04/21/2021

Remember your KEYS.

This is your reminder so save as you go, and save in two places.

Invest in a cloud, jump drive, Dropbox, or you could even do it old school: e-mail.

Set up a DUMP EMAIL. What is this? An email account that exists solely for the purpose of saving your work. You can send WIP’s here, along with completed work!

Jump drives it lost, Cloud storage runs out, and sometimes you get locked out of Dropbox–but an email? There are permanent.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris