Welcome!

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

 

Announcement #2

This webinar begins Saturday and the webinar will be on this site!

The workshop will cover the following topics:

  1. What is a writer?
  2. Brainstorming
  3. Story & project developing
  4. The importance of editing
  • The initial webinar will be streamed to the Facebook page on 8/18.
  • If you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to contact me at sgwritingservices@icloud.com.
  • The Five W’s And The One H of Writing

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    Writing is one of the only professions aside from acting, I think, where the only authority is your self:  Can you do what it is you are being asked to do?

    At times, it can be helpful to examine The Why. Every writer goes through a point where writing seems impossible, self-doubt becomes a religion and the words seem to be mud or muddled. In times like this, because they will come, consider this journalistic tool:  the five W’s and one H.

    What.

    Who.

    When.

    Where.

    Why.

    How.

    All the breadth and depth of your talent can be answered and discovered by this tool. It may even help with the dreaded writer’s block! This tool can be used for a specific project as well.

    Let’s examine further:

    What.  This portion deals with subject matter, content, even a start date for the project you’re working on.

    Who. This portion deals with character and audience. Is this going to fiction or  non-fiction? What is the target audience? Is this fiction? If it is fiction, is it age appropriate? Knowing your who will help you to streamline what you’re working on.

    When. Is there a deadline, or should there be one? If there is a deadline is a hard deadline (meaning you can’t move it) or a soft one (it can be augmented). These deadlines can be given or issued by yourself or the entity you write for.

    Where. Are you aware of the platform this work will be seen on? Is this going to be private or public work? You may think this is a trite question, but it something as a writer you need to consider! In that consideration, you are able to streamline what you desire to do and if you have the freedom to do just that.

    Why. Here is where it gets interesting. This three letter word is one that determines the course of a work or a project. Here is your motivation to create, persist or keep going. This is the key to any project, the passion to any work, and a reason to see the end of a novel. If you can determine, capture and harness this–there is nothing to fear from blank pages.

    How. This is your booster to your why. This portion compels you to see venues and opportunities to see your work, to finish projects and to collaborate with people just as hungry as you are.

    Writing is thrilling, frustrating and also one of the most exhilarating things in the world. I’m glad you’re a part of it.

    Keep going. You have an end to see.

    Announcements!

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    I am happy to announce the first book of a three book series to be released this week ahead of the writing workshop on Saturday, August 18!

     

    The book is called Bend Blank Pages Volume 1:  Encouragement for Writing!

    I am so proud of this book, and believe it will be a source of hope, and anchor for your written talents and gifts.

    As I writer, I know how hard it is and can be to put all the magic down on paper. The Bend Blank Pages  series aims to build the confidence of new writers, established writers, as well as those whom have abandoned their first love of words.

    It’s a short book, not even 30 pages, and I believe it will indeed help you jump start your writing or begin to love it again! The book has been released on Amazon already and if you would like to check it out for purchase, click here!

    Drop shipping will be available next week!

    If you would like to pre-order now, the cost is $5.00 USD and that can be paid via PayPal (sgllc.1038@yahoo.com) or CashApp ($HereSheCome).

     

     

    Bend Blank Pages: Encouragement For Writing by [Harris, Jennifer P.]

     

     

    Happy writing!

    Jennifer P. Harris

    Remember The Why

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    I won’t lie to you…writing is hard.

    Writing can make you question your sanity, any talent and your grasp of any language!

    However, I implore you to remember why you do what you do, and how well you do it. This is what I call, ‘The Why’.

    Among all the noise, distractions and deterrents on the planet, only you know why it is you do what you do. Only you know why you write. Remember that, above all else, no matter how great or small the project, remember The Why. Moreover, remember your why.

    The Why is powered by a great many things, from a great many resources. Remember what it is that has pushed to you to create. What drives you to language? What inspires you? What have you started which you are consumed or driven to finish?

    Only you can determine this.

    Nikki Giovanni says you know you’re a writer because you keep writing. Toni Morrison said the reason she wrote, and finished, The Bluest Eye was because she wanted to read it. Ernest Hemingway said to write is pretty easy:  just sit at a typewriter and bleed.

    If you have not found The Why or Your Why, don’t fret. You have time. This concept is two-fold:

     

    The Why

    • This is the overall motivation for any writer. This is the drive, the force, the fuel that allow us to create, and conquer realms of creativity. This is the force which compels you to declare you are a writer.

     

    Your Why

    • This is or can be any specific motivation for a project or story. This can have varying degrees and depth. This may be the motivation to finish a work, a poem or a even a novel.

     

    The Why or Your Why are portions of your tool kits also! Don’t be afraid to examine them. Don’t be afraid to examine the motivation of why it is you do what you do as you do.

    Be confident. The first reader of every work is you–The Why can only, will only help you achieve and do better.

     

    Jennifer P. Harris

    Founder, Shekinah Glory Writing Services

     

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    Silent Murder: Why You Must Kill Your Darlings

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    In Stephen King’s book, On Writing*, he makes mention of a secret tool of writing a novel–the tool was actually given by his wife, Tabitha. I believe that he was writing  his book Desperation. With Tabitha being his sounding board and beta reader, she made mention of a part of the story she wasn’t really concerned about because it took away from the main story. Stephen King calls this, ‘murder your darlings.’

    The darling of a story is something of a side quest. The darling is something of the story that you add, it could be history, backstory or even perspective, which can almost take over a story–leading your reader down a path the original story was never supposed to have.

    This happens often, more often than you may believe! However, as a writer, you must be ruthless when it comes to telling your story. It is you who guides the reader down the path you want them on. The darling of the story, unless you want to make this an object of a story later, you will have to kill–for the sake of the story.

    In killing this darling, remember these keys:

    • Keep in mind the story you are writing (Genre, especially)
    • Plot (What is going on and where is everyone going?)
    • Conclusion (Where are we ending up?)

    Remember, you are in control of the written worlds you create. In crafting a story, you must understand that it is you whom dictates the sway of your reader. Tell us where to go, what to do and where to go next. If all else fails, write a trilogy.

    Happy writing!

    Jennifer P. Harris

    Founder, Shekinah Glory Writing Services

    *-On Writing is a book written by Stephen King in 1999. I rarely throw my entire weight behind a book, but this is one of those books. As a writer, this book is a reference material in my career, and an anchor as I continue writing. In writing, it is often lonely and frustrating–this book is a beautiful reminder of that; as well as the awesomeness being a writer holds.

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    The Stutter: What Happens When the Words Don’t Sound Right?

    There is a madness in writing that is not found in any other profession.

    The profession by nature is madness! You take what is in your head, a thing unseen or unknown to other people, and translate it to words. This at times, in the effort of being honest, is hard.

    It’s hard because thoughts are fluid, they are invisible, they exist only in the mind of the person that has them. Which is made crazier when you have to make these thoughts relevant to other people–who aren’t or will never be in your head.

    What’s to do, right?

    Give up?

    Ignore this screaming ideas in your head?

    No.

    Write them down. Let the thoughts out. It doesn’t matter if they don’t make sense to you at present. Don’t worry about syntax, spelling and cohesion just yet.

    The goal in times like this is to release the thought into words. This is how you overcome what I like to call the stutter.

    The Stutter is what every writer experiences one time or another. It’s the feeling that doesn’t let what is in your head get to your hand. It’s not a crisis of confidence, it’s translating.

    The cure? Writing!

    You cure the stutter by writing! You free write, you write drafts, you edit, but by no means do you surrender to the stutter. You take it hostage and make the stutter into story. You write it into submission!

    Go forth and write…no more stuttering!

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    The Hard Work

    There is a saying among writers when it comes to first drafts: they are all crap. No matter how gifted the writer, all first drafts are crap.

    Don’t debate me, just listen.

    However, I love what Nora Roberts says about blank pages and drafts:

    “You can’t edit an empty page.”

    This is from the same Nora Roberts who has written 200 books. Two. Hundred. That’s a level of prolific that is unmatched. But it’s true–no one can read the stories in your head, dear one.

    The advice I can give for writing first drafts is the same as was told to me: write. No matter how it looks or sounds, get it out of you. Write it down. The way you become a better writer, to develop the muscles they make writers prolific only come by writing!

    Write! Write! Write!

    The thing that helps me to try and be prolific is to give myself a deadline. That helps to focus research, and allows time to gather thoughts (or confidence) to write. The major hitch to keeping you from writing is more often than not is confidence or time.

    Writers are and can be master procrastinators especially when we don’t think we can or should try to write. Fight the urge to ignore the need to write.

    Fight it!

    The benefit of doing the hard work is the sweeter part of adding to your draft, watching the story expand and change. Don’t allow the fear of how something will sound or look to stop the joy from coming.

    Get to work.

    Jennifer P. Harris

    Founder, SG Writing Services

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    Bend Blank Pages

    I have never been afraid of a blank page or the secession of them. I wanted to fill the blank pages the I had. The best therapy for me is, and still is, school supply shopping. I love having a supply of blank pages. A fresh notebook is the sexiest writing item.

    However, I understand the intimidation of blank pages–I get it. What I want to remind you of one thing: you are in control.

    As a writer, you are in control.

    The worlds you create must bend to your will and talent. They must! Here is motivation for how to continue to make the pages to your will:

    Confidence. The story, before it is ever seen by anyone else, belongs to you. You must know every idea, personality or plot belongs to you. Because you are the Alpha and Omega to your own story, act like it.

    Confront the Hang-Ups. This happens more often than you think. When you write as particular genre, like erotica, you may be constructing a scene which may be beyond your personal comfort zone. First, this is okay. You have the right to feel uncomfortable. Embrace that. After you embrace it–push past it. The story you write should be complete! If you are anxious to see what happens next, so will the people who read the story. So, tell it.

    Show your work. Just like in math classes, when you write, show your work. If you choose to have your first draft in the traditional pen and paper format, keep the draft. Make your notes on the pages or margins.

    For me, there are some works just begin on paper so I can see what I’m working on. It allows me to see in my own head–which is sometimes chaotic as the heads of most writers are. Writing down what my mind sees hasn’t been a problem. I allow myself to feel, to see and to write.

    To you dear one, I offer the same advice. Scratch through the ideas that don’t work or make sense. Spell things in corners or on back pages. You are the master of your work. Master it.

    I believe in you and all your pages hold. Go forth and fill them!

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    Be Your Motivation

     

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    New projects are scary. They really are. They provide the creator with the ability to add something to the world which was not there before and it is indeed amazing. However, in that space of creation and creativity, there is or can be a paralysis. This paralysis, this page stage fright, stops us as writers from writing as we wish or as we would want.

    It makes us tone down the idea, or be unmotivated to even record it, develop it or reveal it. As a writer, you must be able to fight through this fear, this paralysis in order to create as you desire!

    Toni Morrison said one of the reasons why she wrote The Bluest Eye is because she wanted to read it. If you want ways to be your own motivation, here are three:

     

    • Be excited about your own idea. If you aren’t excited about what you’re working on, no one else will be. That excitement will fuel the rest of your process. From research, to free writing, development of a draft or manuscript, that excitement allows you to keep the goal in mind–that goal being the story.

     

    • Don’t be scared about the idea. Your idea is the creation, the baby, of your imagination. If it be humor, horror or romance, it’s yours. Develop it. Write it down. Even if you just write the idea to roll it over later. Don’t fear your imagination or stretch it.

     

    • Don’t be afraid of a trope or archetype character. There are some things in literature, in writing, that are unavoidable. Hero/villain. Resolution. Plot structure. Character development. Use these rules and stretch them. Don’t be afraid to stretch the rules, or even engineer a way around them. This is your story, your idea but fear is has no space.

     

    Creativity and apprehension cannot coexist. Apprehension chokes the life out of any thing which has life or vitality. Don’t surrender to the voices which tell you not to, or the people who don’t believe in you. You grab your idea, you work it and protect it.

    “You cannot come soft to a blank page.”- Stephen King

     

    Jennifer P. Harris

    Founder, Shekinah Glory Writing Services

     

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    What You Say: Tropes, Ideas & POVs

     

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    It’s been done before…”

     

    This is the lie from Writing Hell at least one of writer has believed. Those vicious imps of self-doubt that paralyze writers, cripple our confidence and whisper from behind our consciousness that we can’t possibly want to write about that! The tropes that are overdone, have not been done by you!

    Tropes are there for archetypes of a specific genre or literary character type. They exist to be played with, revamped, recreated–they are not fixed. The ideas you venture to write, your characters, they all need to be expressed. Don’t worry about if it has been done before. It has not been done by you.

    Write the story. Make the characters as you will. Stretch the tropes, turn the protagonist on its head. Stretch the plot. You may have a vampire story. Don’t worry about Anne Rice or Laurel K. Hamilton–you are the writer. Don’t worry about a horror story akin to Get Out, and My Soul To Take, you write the story you want.

    As a writer, you determine the voice, the plot and the character, even the trope. You control everything. You determine everything. Don’t listen to the imps. Don’t listen to the voices that remind you of what other people have done. The crux of writing is there may be someone whom may have a similar idea but a unique perspective. That is what makes this profession so frustrating and amazing.

    Write, dear one. Write. Don’t be dismayed if you have a similar idea, you have a unique respective. So, write it.

    You can do it!

     

    Jennifer P. Harris

    Administrator/Founder

     

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