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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

 

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

What Is Writers Block?

The enemy of every writer, and our driving force is the same:  words.

Writer’s block is defined as a condition of not knowing what to think of or how to proceed with writing. This block is beyond a lull when and where you aren’t writing! It can literally feel like a block or a wall in your flow of creativity. Such a drag!  It can feel as if the knack or the rhythm even the gift for writing has left you.

There was an article that I read last year that freed me on the level only other writers can recognize. Writer’s block is a myth. It’s all in your head. Writer’s block is all psychological–it’s a what happens when you concentrate more on  the subject of what you’re writing rather than the process of writing. In concentrating on what you’re writing more than the process of writing, you are stymied. From that stymying–hence, writer’s block.

It can be frustrating to see what it is between you and your current project! However, in overcoming this issue, which all writers one time or another face, try these simple tactics:

1.) Refocus your attention.  Every story starts as an idea. Your idea and your story. Before you become obsessed with editors, revisions and audience.  It is your idea, your baby. Do the research. Do the freewrites. Focus and create!

2.) Focus on the writing, not what people will think. Toni Morrison said when she wrote The Bluest Eye, the reason she wrote it, and finished writing it, because she wanted to read it. She wanted to read it. This is crucial to remember. If you try to focus on what the audience will be pleased with, you will never write. A writer cannot be subject to the shifting moods of the audience. Your first audience is your imagination. The second audience will be, should be, your screen or yielded pen and paper. Keep this foremost in your thoughts.

3.) Write scared. Sometimes the best thing we can do is to write knowing it scares us a tad bit. When we write about the things which shake us a little, there is a level of creativity which is released that may have never been discovered had there not been an element which would cause it to spring forth. Writing is never a safe profession. It’s never going to be or become a safe profession! There are elements to writing which are never going to be safe, likeable or which would make one humble. It is the secret and public duty of a writers to record what they see or think, or exercise the things which roll around our heads. Blogger and writer Luvvie Ajayi said this during a TED Talk  in December 2017, to “Get comfortable being uncomfortable.” I couldn’t agree more.

Become comfortable with being uncomfortable. Writers are the unique and weird ones who pull life and work out of the air. You cannot afford to remain afraid in that title–to overcome writer’s block, you have to get comfortable being uncomfortable. There is no choice in that matter! There will always be a way, a topic, an issue that will make you hesitant to write. It is a demon, a monster,  you have to become able to identify and slay.

Don’t fear its slaying, beloveds!

You will slay it with mind and pen.

 

Jennifer P. Harris

Editor/Founder-Shekinah Glory Writing Services

Writing Is A Discipline

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According to the Second Oxford dictionary, there are 171, 476 words in the English language. Those words are made up of only 26 letters. It is, will be, the desire to manipulate these letters–bending them to will and imagination, this is the game, beloveds. This is the challenge, this is the game, this is the discipline.

In committing to writing, the manipulating the world with words and letters, it cannot be overstated that the focus writing involves is unlike anything else. In sitting down with paper, pen or computer, you agree to allow your imagination to unfold and flow until its cessation. Until its cessation. There is a laser-like need had be writers to know how it all ends. To know what the characters, the line, the scene–the words–we have to know what it all means, how it will sound and how to bend it towards our will.

Writing, the curious alchemy, is a muscle. In developing this muscle, or any muscle, requires time and focus. The strength of that muscle, even its stamina, comes from its use. Maya Angelou said that you can’t use up creativity! However, no talent is strengthened or stretched without discipline–that enhanced focus to improving a situation or circumstance.

Honor this talent you have, this propensity to create worlds and their inhabitants! Embrace the journey writing offers you, what the talent gives back to you, and how far you may stretch out in it. Don’t fear the page, or idea.

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Here are three tips to help:

  1. TIME.

Make it. Create it. Make use of it. Writers are bound and unbound by it. There must be a time you take daily to write, work on writing, or exercise that same imagination. Writers are creators and creatures of habit–and for that reason, there is never enough time.

2. SPACE.

There is a soothing in hewing out a place in your own space dedicated to what you love to do. Whether that be your bed, floor desk or couch. Stephen King recommends doing the same thing in On Writing. In King’s wisdom, when you cultivate the space, you are more apt to create more, or desire to create.

3.  ENERGY.

There is a power which happens to you when you know the writing is good, when you know you have wielded the wind with the alphabet. The more that comes from you, the more which will come out of you. Some writers and other mystics call it the flow. This creative energy that is palpable and able to be harnessed to unfurl all your imagination holds! Don’t fear that…embrace it, use it.

Discipline is not a curse word. It’s firepower!

 

Jennifer P. Harris

Editor/FounderShekinah Glory Writing Services

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Am I A Writer?

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I discovered I was a writer when I was about eight years old. I was in third grade, and my teacher told me I was “good at this” after she read the short story I wrote and left on her desk. Whatever this it was about, I was good at it!

The process in admitting you are a writer is intimate. It is a process of discovery, humility and frank honesty. It may not be as linear as you would hope, and the career may not begin as quickly as you may like, however, it is not impossible.

Simply put, you are a writer, when you can admit that you are. You are a writer when  you can honor what talents and drive you have which mark you as being a writer. These intangible things, are such which make you being to wonder if you are indeed a writer.

What is the process of that discovery? Beloveds, there is no map. There are only paths from those whom haven cut and blazed before you. If pressed, here are a few thoughts to encourage as your venture towards this identity, this career as a writer.

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1.) Be mindful of your pens. What do you find yourself wondering about most? When you wonder, do you roll ideas around which will stretch your imagination? In those moments, do you feel compelled to write anything or everything down? Do you  save it or toss it?

2.) Mind the clock. There are certain things writers do, we can lose all track of time when we do them. One is read, the other is writing. What do you find yourself most idly doing?  And are you happy doing that?

3.) Be A Fan. Who is your favorite writer/author? With the creation of Amazon, hundreds of authors are available. Any genre, multiple titles and plentiful! There are publications dedicated to the nurturing of future writers, like Writers Digest, where authors are featured in candid formats including  interviews! Writing can be a lonely profession, and it is great to know the process of the becoming a writer is not an anomaly. And there are so many paths that take you towards this goal.

Even though the path is not a cookie cutter (neither should it be!), there are still maps. Anne Rice this in regards to writing:  “Writing is the only profession you can start at any time.” It is never too late to do what you love–to do what you believe you were good at.

It’s not too late to be you.

 

 

Jennifer P. Harris

Editor/Founder-Shekinah Glory Writing Services

Is A Writer A Blogger?

“You know you are a writer because you are always writing.”

-Nikki Giovanni

Twenty-six letters change the world!

Writers are a unique group of people. We make stuff up and tell people to believe in the awesome of it. With that ability to master less than thirty letters, we can finesse into any space to make it our own–including blogging!

Do all writers blog? No.

Are all bloggers writers? No.

Are all writers bloggers? No.

I considering blogging my exercise. It keeps the skills sharp. It keeps me on my toes and makes me aware of what is going on in the world around me, and forces me to be concise about it. It forces me to expound and think outside the box–even those I set for myself.

Writers are the misfits of the artistic field in this way. We can fit in anywhere! Writers make inroads where there were only thickets. Writers don’t need to blog to prove that they write–we just need to write! It doesn’t make you any less of a writer if you don’t have a place in the internet that has a catchy title or name or mantra!

IF YOU ARE A WRITER, YOU JUST NEED TO WRITE!

So…write! Blogging may not be your speed, but poetry just may be! If not poetry, maybe short stories.  You are a writer! You make your own path and your own artistic way in the way in the world. Blogging isn’t the pre-requisite to being a writer. Being a writer doesn’t mean you should be or are someone that blogs.

The ability to be blogger, to blog, is just that. You as the writer of said corner of the internet, wield all dominion and power over that digital realm. You can make it funny, informative, somber, or zany. You make the space what you desire. YOU are the captain of this ship!

Is a writer a blogger? If they wanna be.

Being a writer is a superpower. Go and wield your weapons, dear one. Don’t be defined by genre or the blogsphere. The talent, the gift, is yours.

Ready! Aim! Write!

 

Jennifer P. Harris

Editor/Founder-Shekinah Glory Writing Services