Encouragement Pages-07/14/2021

Being bold as a writer requires that you be willing to make your imagination vulnerable, and flexible to what you need it to be. Mining out the boldness as a writer requires that you listen to what is in your head, and not fearing that!

Writing boldly will require you be gentle with yourself–as well as pushing yourself. But, yet–it is completely worth it.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-07/09/2021: CHOOSE YOUR HARD (3/3)

Writing is hard. But it is not impossible!

But you have to understand that in “choosing your hard” you are investing in your talent. You are paying attention.

You have made the decision to do what is difficult, for a favorable outcome. It is the outcome we want, we chase and that we want.

Don’t abandon what you need to do because it’s hard—it will always be hard. But you must examine what is HARDER. Once you see that, accept that, it will make writing less hard and more necessary.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-07/07/2021: CHOOSE YOUR HARD (2/3)

The thing about writing is that there will always be the work. That is inescapable! Being a writer is like having homework—always.

But you have to be brave enough to understand that the only decisions you have are either to write or not to write. That’s all. There is no wiggle room. There is no alternative.

When you decide to take the time to write, discipline yourself to write, you are choosing exactly what is most important! Keep that space. Protect that space! The alternative is to not write.

Which will you do?

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

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

BOOK IN A YEAR SERIES-MONTH 6: The Power Of A Draft

TW: writing anxiety

For all the writing coaching that I do, there is one consistent thing that I have seen across all of my clients: fear of getting stuck in the middle of a draft. This getting stuck is indicative of a greater problem! Yet, these problems are why I am a writing coach.

Getting stuck, that feeling of not being able to write, is one of most common reason I see writers quit. This is different than writers’ block! This is being unsure of what to do next–being stuck!–is different than not being able to write! Being stuck is anxiety-inducing, and it will make you give up.

YET–there is a way to combat it. You have to write through it. The only way to get unstuck, is to get unstuck! Don’t quit in the middle because it is hard! There are three ways to get unstuck:

1.) Take a break. Walk away from the draft for 30-90 days. Sometimes you have to give space between you and the work. That may be all you need–sometimes you need to see forest AND trees.

2.) Get a new set of eyes. It is always good to someone to look over your work and offer feedback. It might even help brainstorm!

3.) A spaced-out read through. Give yourself about a week from what your current project. After that week (or no more than a month), read through what you have. And write. Even if it is one or two pages.

Sometimes you need a push to get unstuck.