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I have always loved writing, and I know that skill of verbal, written expression is not easy for everyone. The goal at Shekinah Glory, LLC is to make that process less stressful.  Feel free to contact with me with any questions you may have and the writing needs you would like met.

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Thank you for coming by!

Jennifer P. Harris

Editor/Founder-Shekinah Glory Writing Services

 

Imagination: For Peace Of Mind

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There is something to daydreaming, the free act of allowing your mind to wander. It is in the act of letting your mind wander is when the best thoughts come. It is in the beauty of being able to think, and think about what you think, which pushes you toward new thought and ergo, new stories.

It is said writers are often writing even when they aren’t writing. Those of this guild are often more out of lock-step with the rest of the waking world. In being out of step with the world, we can see the invisible and record what is never said or noticed.

In the stretching your imagination, here are a few ways to enjoy and rest in the beauty of daydreaming:

  • Travel.  Whether it be a road trip, or a passport, get out of your own four walls. The experience of travel is a cheap way to stretch your imagination. Travel allows you to change settings, even duplicate different places you have been. As a writer, being able to record what you see, hear and manipulate it, is a tool we must aim to master.

 

  •  Reflect. As Amy Tan wrote her books, she used the stories of her mother and her mother’s family to do what her mother describes as “change the past.” Maya Angelou took her knack of storytelling and wrote essays and autobiographical narratives. The power of reflecting fuels imagination. Perhaps you want to create a story based on the stories your father told or read to you. It is wondrous to allow your mind to travel back in time as it were, revealing these memories and basing them as fact for your story. What can change? What would be different? What outcome would you have wanted?

 

  • Live. There is a boldness in being able to take this life you have and stretch it before you. Experience what this life has to offer you. Meet people. See things. Try new food. Enjoy the comfort of your own company. Be drunk in the French Quarter (I did!). The beauty of being a writer, is telling of a new experiences sometimes conjured in your own imagination. Life is to be lived dear one. So, seeing this life is both yours and ours, decide to live it.

 

It is in hope that you use this motivation towards your own words and pages. Go forth and create.

 

Jennifer Harris

Founder, Shekinah Glory Writing Services

 

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Exercise The People In Your Head

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The people that run around in your head are insistent little nuisances, aren’t they?

They need, demand and die for the want of attention. I understand the hum of new people being birthed and changed to suit a plot you are working on. I also am familiar with the frustration and sadness which comes from not writing down an idea or character believing the gospel lie of all writers:  “I’ll write it down later.”

There is never a ‘later’ for a writer. We live in the ever present now. We are always thinking and flipping ideas, and experience yield new people in your head. With these new character babes in the wood, they need exercise and training.

Who are these people in your head?

What do they want?

What are their names?

What things motivate them, anger them?

Where do they live, who do they love?

If you are starting a new project, don’t be afraid to ask these people in your head questions. Don’t be afraid to push the work–in that, you can find out more about the character you are trying to develop. Stephen King says the story unfolds even when you plot it. Go with it! Let the people in your head run–and then chase them to make them tell you everything they know.

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Imagination Invigoration

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With all the weaponry you have as an author, the most formidable is the depth, wealth and breath of your imagination. This is the only weapon which you can use and wield at and with your good pleasure. Never forget that.

Consider your imagination like a garden. What do you want to grow there? What do you want to plant? What do you want to remove? What causes the weeds, and how do you get rid of them? You control all things which come in, go out, what will grow and stay.

As a writer, you are the unique position to both birth new imaginations, as well as provoke the imaginations of others. This a position which we, us, of this ilk revel in. However, in the reveling, remember these three steps:

 

1.) Active writers are avid readers. From hardback to paperback or ebooks even audiobooks, writers read. There is no way around it. There should be at least one book you have started, trying to finish, or one you can refer to someone. Books and their knowledge are fodder indispensable to writers. Feed your imagination. Turn off a device if possible and read. Stephen King said in his book On Writing, that he read in what he called ‘sips.’ Whether it be in the grocery store line, waiting in a bank line or waiting to pick your kids from a school practice. Read. Read. Read.

 

2.) Research is fertilizer. I have a habit of looking up words I don’t know. I got this habit from my aunt when I would ask her what a word meant. I’m glad she did. From that practice, things that I wanted to know more about, I began to look up. As a writer, you will develop curious walking around information–odd things you know, or stranger things people have told you, which will work their way into your imagination. Expanding your knowledge base can only help you stretch you in your genre, or if you want to branch into another. Research gives your imagination permission to branch out into the unknown and record it.

 

3.) Roll it around. For any new project that I’m working on, I roll ideas around–meaning, I thinking the idea out. I call it ‘writing in my head’. In writing in my head, I can formulate what is I want to do, say, and record. It doesn’t have to make sense immediately, I just have to hold the thought. I have to be able to be confident if I hold on to this idea long enough, just maybe, I can make something of it. If I believe that I can make something of it, then I can write it down. If I can write it down, I can save it to extrapolate at  later date if I need to; the idea is preserved, ergo, protected.

Be brave, dearest ones. You can do it. Begin to do it. Investigate your imagination. What are you watering? What needs to be watered? Is there anything else which can be done to expand the garden? You as a writer determine all that–so get to it.

 

Jennifer P. Harris

Founder, Shekinah Glory Writing Services

 

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From The Sitting Position

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There is a point in writing where you hit the wall. There is a point where you believe that the words are ridiculous, hard to find, and it seems easier to stop the w

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer P. Harris

Editor/Founder-Shekinah Glory Writing Services

Is IT In Your Head?

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I’m going to be honest with you. Writing is hard. One of the best quotes I’ve heard about writers and writing is it being a world inside a person. I completely agree. There are elements to writing that would make you insane to and with any other person, or in any other profession. I mean, writers literally ‘talk’ to themselves. We make up people, places, things and on grand scales? We create whole mythologies.

The makings of psychopathy, really.

But in matters of writing, that tendency to create, augment, recreate is what make the craft amazing–and maddening. Is it all in your head? Sad to say, yes it is. The cure is also in your head. You have the cure to writer’s block in your head and hands. The cure for writer’s block–is to write. I wish it were more complex, but it isn’t.

There are articles and opinions which tell that writer’s block is a psychological wall writers put up, keep up, when they feel material they are writing may be controversial or outside of the norm. I agree.

There have been pieces of work I have thought about writing, and hesitate with because I either didn’t know how to proceed or didn’t know where to begin. That is a crippling feeling–and writing, being a writer allows that profession to fueled by the muscle of creativity. When that crippling feeling comes–we lock up!

In experiencing this, what has helped me was free writing. This in invaluable tool to anyone that’s writing! It is a free-flowing writing process, no rules, no time limit, no excuses. In free writing, I can get the idea I am mulling over out of my head.  I can get it on paper, if I can get down–I can see it! If I can see it, I can go forward with it or shelve it until I can get time to continue it.  After the idea is out, I save it. I don’t toss it. Free writing also helps distinguish what work is to be expounded on, and what can be change into something else.

Worry not. Writer’s block can be conquered. Go forth and conquer.

 

Jennifer P. Harris

Editor/Founder-Shekinah Glory Writing Services

 

Tool Kits: What Do Writers Need?

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I wish I could tell  you there was some magical roux for you to be a successful writer. I wish I could tell you that it would all be easy, uniform, accessible and fool proof.  But with most things on the creative spectrum, your toolkits are formed by trial and error. They become the tools you need become such because you discover you need them. However, there are a few things which are fool proof to get your toolkit started.

 

  • Confidence. This is a the only tool which you will have to replenish often. Having this sense of self, the knowledge this is what you want to do, is the fuel most important. It cannot be emphasized  how necessary this is. Confidence leads to discipline. Discipline is the muscle needed to continue in this career. If you cannot believe you can put pen to paper, or words on a screen–there is nothing else which I can tell you to stir that gift. If you believe you can, you will.

 

  • Writing tools. Here is where it gets interesting. There are certain projects I use pen and paper for, and there are some I only can type out. Get familiar with the tools you like, the pace you like, and how you create. Do you think better when you write it down first and then transcribe? Is better to free write and build from there? What is it that you like to do? The beauty of writing is you get to make up your own rules. You determine what works best and when it works best.

 

  • Access to a dictionary or thesaurus and new surroundings. Your vocabulary is your arsenal. Learn new words. Learn new ways to say things. Invest in a good dictionary or dictionary app. Most dictionary app’s have the option to learn a new word a day. Tune your ears to pick up accents or dialects. Learn how to watch the world around you. As a writer, your leak and drink words. Feel free to gorge.

 

  • Make time to write. This may be the most difficult to do in the face of competing responsibilities. That being said, you must make the decision to orchestrate time for writing. Whether you have a dedicated day to pour out your thoughts, or just time enough to freewrite a topic or title, make time–make time. But trust me, it will be worth it.

 

The pathway to writing isn’t the smoothest, but it is a path you create. Be bold. Be willing. And most of all, go write!

 

Jennifer P. Harris

Editor/Founder-Shekinah Glory Writing Services

When The Words Stop Coming

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There was a three year span by which I did not, could not write. Aside from childbirth, it was a the scariest thing I have encountered. The words just wouldn’t come. The magic was gone, the words where gone, my talent was gone. I was inconsolable! It was only when I came out of that space, when I could really talk about it with some knowledge.

Being a writer, and unable to write–was maddening. It was infuriating. There was, there is a rage that rose up in me like hellfire–quick and hot. On the end of a horrible breakup, it was just one more thing to add to the list of things he took (or I allowed him to take) from me.

In that three year dessert, nothing happened. I pressed the gift, I teased at it, I cried at the lost of it. I had not wanted something so badly to return to me. Writing, being a writer was my identity, it was something that I considered my own. In this desert, in this Ezekiel space, I couldn’t say the dry bones were or could live, because I didn’t know how I could live! In the lives of writers, words are our blood–it’s a part of who I am.

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There were moments when I saw peeks of the talent I once had. My mother had and would ask me to write or create certain pieces for work, family or friends, but it was nothing like the creative power I knew that I housed. Nothing is more offensive or rage-inducing to writers. I was beyond hurt–worse than the heartbreak that induced the loss of talent in the first place.

I remember I didn’t even journal because I didn’t see the point. I didn’t see the point! I was out of words. I didn’t have the stamina to make up worlds of my own, and I surely didn’t want to record the foolish my own world. However, when people know you can write, they don’t know the struggle you encounter while maintaining that gift–that talent. In their blissful ignorance, they pull on your gift–because they need it.

Writer’s block is real, beloveds. That desert awaits all those whom are writers and authors. It is unavoidable, and only preventable on certain levels. But it is not insurmountable! However, to overcome it is a process. It is always a process. There are whole website dedicated to overcoming writer’s block, and one of the most reputable is Writer’s Digest . Like most craftsmen, whom are serious about what they build, invest in their tools. They build a tool box that will be able handle the potential issues in what is being built. Being a writer is no different.

Build your tool kit.

 

The kit needs to be able to help you with develop your talent, and to help with the eventuality of writer’s block. Tool boxes are supposed to be filled with things you will use, and will be able to use in order to refer. It is better to be proactive, than reactive in these cases. Don’t be caught in the desert, and your canteen is empty because you never took time to fill it when the streams where nearby. The desert is coming–don’t be caught thirsty.

 

Jennifer P. Harris

Editor/Founder-Shekinah Glory Writing Services

Real or Fake: What Is Writer’s Block?

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Writer’s block.

The clean, chic definition for this condition is this:

Writer’s block:  the condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing.

This is a debated topic among those in the craft, and those who have their ideas about the craft. In a recent article, on the intelligence dropbox of Google, most people believe writer’s block is space in your psyche where you fear what you may or might say.

As one who has endured the traveling through the desert of writers’ block, I can assure you, writers’ block is real and two-fold.

Writer’s block is a real thing, that really happens to writers. Audre Lorde says for those that write, the times where we are not writing is painful, because writing it like breathing. There those of this ilk, of this guild who desire to write, and when we hit these impasses that stop the flow of words? It’s devastating! That devastation is real, tangible and heartbreaking.

The first step in confronting writer’s block is to acknowledge it. That is the scarier part–you must admit it exists, that this process indeed is happening to you. It is happening in the life of you work, may happen in the life of your writing career, and it can be overcome.

All is not will not be lost if you encounter it. Breaking through the walls of your own creativity is another matter. The walls to the writers’ block are real–even if only you can see them.

 

Jennifer P. Harris

Editor/Founder-Shekinah Glory Writing Services

 

 

Writing Schedules

Time is a double edged sword to a writer. It can be a tool of creativity or weapon of mass destruction. Just as I mentioned earlier this month, writing is a discipline! It will always be art, but it will definitely remain a discipline. Let know one fool you, dearest one.

But with all things, you must make time for it, place an intention towards what you desire to do in that slotted time, as well. This may sound like an scary thought, but it isn’t I promise.

Every writer is different. Every process to write and create is different. But one thing is certain. A writer is a writer because they write. There is no shortcut to the words or their mastery. In order to be a writer, you must write.

Shonda Rimes says that if you can make time to write something ten minutes a day, that is magnificent. Jay-Z wrote rhymes on paper bags and shoved them in his pockets while he was trappin. Stephen King, while working as an English teacher before Carrie was published, came home from work and wrote for two hours every night. Anne Rice has a calendar in her writing room and she puts he number of pages she does every day she writes on that calendar.

The goal is, if it’s possible, write something everyday. Do something that relates to writing, your writing, Whether that be freewrite, write, or research.

As you grow in your talent and desire to write, you will develop your own schedule. For me, I try and write a little everyday. I have a set day during the week where if I’m working on a story where I write for at least two hours. But–that’s my schedule. If I don’t make that time to write, I don’t beat myself up about it.

Writing schedules encourage writing to take place. They encourage creativity and continued flow ideas. Here are some helpful hints to make this process better:

  • Construction of your writing schedule must be determined by your own individual standard.
  • Make your schedule such that you can revise it or make it as flexible as you need it to be.
  • Try your best to adhere to the schedule you make.

Your writing schedule is your map. It allows you to uncover the work you are doing, and be faithful to its completion. Don’t fear the process. It’s the process that strengthens your voice, your confidence and your need to continue writing.

Just like your vocabulary, your pen and paper, the cloud to save documents, your writing schedule is a tool. Don’t shun its power, it’s need and your desire to write. It helps when you have a rough week to know you have something to look forward to, a day to create a better world, even if it’s inside your head.

 

Jennifer P. Harris

Editor/Founder-Shekinah Glory Writing Services

Prolific Vs. Productive

There is a need in every writer to idolize and become or remain prolific.There is a need we have to do as I like I say, “Write all the words.” Where the words, thoughts and topics are so forceful where you run the idea to the story to its completion –that high?

*Sigh*

Nothing like it. Nothing.

However, this is a topic as a writer you will encounter throughout your career! Trust me on this. The high of this career, this profession, causes a unique burst of uncommon energy which propels us to  keep creating to tell of the worlds inside of us all.

But there is and must be a balance between creativity and reasonable activity. There must be. The balance, this balance is essential to creativity! Let me help break this down.

Writers straddle this dichotomy anytime creativity is ramping up or about to ramp up.The seduction of the process of creating, the process of the story unveiling and writing until the end to see what happens first. Trust, I know.

However…it’s the story that is the most important! It is the ability to tell the story and convey it. It is better to be productive than prolific for the sake of the story and your creative sanity. For the want of trying to keep pace with someone else, you may lose your own story! As a writer, the story is our concern. Producing a quality work is your concern, if that means you become prolific as a result of it, that’s another matter. The story must be in the forefront of your mind! Stephen King, the author of over 50 novels said in his book On Writing, to let the story write itself.

You will encounter many highs as a writer and an author. None will be as sweet as creating quality work. The speed, the being prolific will come! It’s the coin of this creative realm. Writers pay for it with imagination. It will come. Creation is divine–so create. Whether that is a 400 page novel or a trilogy which boasts 800 pages total.

Write, dear one. Write all you see!

The world wants to see what you did.

 

Jennifer P. Harris

Editor/Founder-Shekinah Glory Writing Services