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!

 

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-04/23/2021

Go where the story takes you.

Try not to edit as you write–your goal is to write everything down. Get it all out! Then go back.

THEN. GO. BACK.

Let the story take you where it is supposed to go. Don’t hinder yourself trying to edit and write at the same time. You will stop your creative flow.

Write first. Then edit.

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

Book In A Year Series-Month 4: Why Credit Is Necessary

Note: There will be a social media talk/live (On Facebook and Instagram) about this on Friday, April 23, 2021.

Writing is a part of the arts.

With this being so, writers are artists. In being a part of this guild, it is the expectation that you do your work honest, and with merit.

What does this mean?

The cardinal rule of writing is this: YOU DO NOT STEAL FROM OTHER WRITERS.

You can be inspired by other writers. You can be influenced by writers, and even try to imitate them! But, you cannot take the work of another writer, and claim it as your own. Writers do no steal for other writers! I cannot emphasize this enough.

This is why research is needed.

This is why you must be knowledgeable about your genre.

This is why you must believe enough in your own talent to write the story that you want to write.

Writing is dual ended: the world inspires us! Writing, like acting, is a sort of thievery. We take from other people, their experience, and even conjure people from our imaginations to suit the needs of a story! But, you must understand that intellectual property is still a thing. It is still relevant!

If your story is a fan fiction, and you do not own the characters, you have to say that.

If your story is an adaptation (like the author who had to ask the estate of Margaret Mitchell to write a sequel to Gone With The Wind!), you have to say that.

If the story is not a complete original thought? YOU HAVE TO SAY THAT.

Writing, and your integrity as a writer, is dependent on whether or not you can give credit where credit is due. Do not be labeled as the writer that steals.

It’s not a good look.

Encouragement Pages-04/09/2021

Every writer needs a fail-safe.

What is this fail-safe?

This is a group of at least three sources that you go to verify, authenticate, and secure the information that you funnel your information through. These sources need to be legit as well! No open sources!

Go forth and write!

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris