October Theme: Writing Horror

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The theme for October will be something some may find frighten everyone whom writes:  loss of the gift, or believing the gift or talent is gone.

This is going to a hard one, and it’s going to be a little more personal. We’re going to delve into some of the things that hinder, stop or halt writing.

I invite you all to chime in, be honest and transparent.

The only way to get through this type of fear is in community.

Buckle up, it’ll be a bumpy ride–be we’ll make it.

 

 

With Pen & Ink,

JBHarris

Believe The Blank Pages

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In the Masterclass  writing classes, James Patterson hold up a blank legal pad, flush with lined yellow paper, says, “This is the enemy:  the blank page.”

I concur.

The blank pages are seducing, chaotic, frightening and all-consuming. There is something about a blank page that will either draw you in or push you out. Empty pages will draw you in, or they will make you curse them out.

There is no high like a blank page you slay with ink.

There is no low like believing you can’t fill a line, thinking what is in your head is not worthy to come out, or may never come out.

However, I come to you to tell you this. Believe the blank pages.

What this means is believe the blank pages are just what they are.

Blank. They are blank pages. No more, no less.

The blank pages wait for you–not you for it. You choose to fill them or not. You choose to continue the story or to end it all. You are the master of all these pages, all these pages wait for you…

Fear not. Blank pages die with ink and on pens…

Bend your blank pages.

 

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Webinars & In-Services

 

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The first Inside The Writing Lab Writing Workshop was held in August, and from that success the next sessions will be held quarterly. Here are the next few workshop dates (these dates are in-person event):

  • Saturday, November 17, 2018
  • Saturday, February 23, 2019
  • Saturday, May 25, 2019

 

The workshops will have a $25 registration fee, which will include a copy of Bend Blank Pages which can be purchased on Amazon. You can purchase your own copy here.

The workshop will be about two hours, and is a safe place to talk about writing, including drafts, brainstorming and any other writing reservations you may have. If you would like to register for the upcoming class/webinar, please email sgwritingservices@icloud.com, putting Writing Workshop in the subject line. The registration can be paid in advance to PayPal, using sgllc.1038@yahoo.com. Please leave your name, and if you will be bringing a guest. The meeting area can accommodate  20-25 people.

The webinar will be on this site or Teachable.

 

The workshops are a time of networking, brainstorming and above all, writing. I look forward to seeing you!

The Weapons Of Your Warring: Build Your Vocabulary!

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Writing is work. If you follow this space, you know this. You know that I pull no punches in regards to this craft. This post will be no different.

You only get better at writing, by writing. There is no quicker way, there is no secret, there are no ways to be a writer without writing. One of the ways your get better as a writer is to increase your tools. The essential tool every writer has is your vocabulary.

Build it.

Push it.

Develop it.

 

One of the quickest ways of increasing or strengthening your vocabulary is reading. Any word you come across–look it up! I know, I know. Very rudimentary, extremely low tech, but it works. That word, start to use in conversation. Know that it means, and write it down. The other way? Dictionary app.

The Dictionary App is on of the quickest ways to build your vocabulary! There is a option this app has where you can subscribe to The Word of The Day. Everyday, you can learn a new word, or even look up the etymology of words–especially helpful for expanding your vocabulary horizontally.

Case in point. Let’s take the word witch. The archaic word for witch is beldam. This word, beldam, is also a word for an old woman or a hag–hag is another word for witch. See how that works?

Good writers are good readers. Good writers have an arsenal of words to build words and create.

Don’t fear it–build it.

 

Happy Writing.

Words, Wisdom & Writers: You Are A Life-long Learner

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So,  you want to be a writer?

Awesome!  Let me be first to welcome you to the guild.

You are now a part of the body of artists that keep strange hours, weirder company, and have a sense of time, place and season out of step with the world.

This is a good thing. I promise you.

In this the ninth of twelve months, I must take it upon myself to remind you to write. One of the ways you become a better writer, a stronger writer is by doing.

There is no other way to become a writer aside from writing! There will be no other way to be a better writer other than writing!

The secret weapon not seen or shared among other writers is this: lifelong learning.

Writers are readers.

Writers are learners.

 

Whether it is learning a new vernacular English, such as AAVE, as a writer, you must embrace the fact that you will remain, a lifelong learner. A student of the world, and perhaps the world behind it.

Do no shy away from this!

 

In shying away from it, you limit the power of current and future work! You limit your potential in and to your writing! As a writer, being challenged is never a bad thing–and comfort can stifle.

You agitate the gift by working it.

Work the gift, dear ones.

Work them and unwrap them.

 

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Writers’ Self-Doubt: Part 2

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Self-doubt can be a sumo wrestler that sits on your chest and yells in your face. It tells you that you can’t write, who are you to be a writer, who would even what to read your work and what you create? It’s not work.

Self-doubt is the roommate that won’t move out, and will never seem to get off  your back about dishes or laundry and eats the good leftovers you asked them not to.

But there is a way for you to make it better, to make it move. And it will never not involve work, or belief in yourself or writing. There is no other way.

Write.

Rewrite.

Read.

Believe in every word.

Self-doubt can ever motivate or cripple your ability to create. This sumo wrestler will taunt you and tease you until you collapse on the floor. Once you are on the floor, it’ll sit on you to make sure every portion of your that is writer and creative is dead. It will make sure that you won’t do anything your mind has already seen.

                                           

Push off the sumo wrestler.

In becoming a writer, in writing, you must be able to contend with sumo wrestlers whom become inner demons hellbent on never letting your write another word–and the only way to shut them up is to write, and keep writing. Your talent and your own ability must sync together to form an army—there is no other way to shut the hoards that oppose you.

Today, at your reading of this, you have the power to shut up the wrestler sitting on your chest, pining you to the floor telling you not just that you cannot, but you will not.

That story on your desktop or in the drawer? Read it again.

That idea you have been rolling around, and scared to write down?  Write it down.

That person in your life, intimate partner or casual acquaintance, whom tells you being a writer is a pipe dream? You must decide what voice, what desire will carry more weight–your desire to write or the desire to please someone else whom does not value what is important to you.

Rage against the dying of the light–don’t let the sumo wrestlers and inner demons kill the words.

FIGHT.

WRITE.

Jennifer P. Harris

Founder, Shekinah Glory Writing Services

Writers’ Self-Doubt- Part 1

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You are never so open as when you are being creative.

There is something of a more wily  enemy writers fear or confront aside from writer’s block. It is the monster of self-doubt. There is a source one accesses, even taps into, when you take the idea you are rolling around your head and convert all those thoughts to a document for someone else to read. In this area where you are most powerful, you are exponentially more vulnerable. Here is where the war begins.

You must get what is in your head–out. This is all writing is, boiled down to base component. All the words you know, all the words you were taught, all the dialects and experiences–writing allows you to get all these things from head to hand.

Self-doubt as a writer is the roommate that doesn’t pay rent, wrecks parties, and says inappropriate things in front of your friends. Self-doubt is the bastard son of all creativity.  And the more you feed it, the larger it gets–an the more unmanageable it becomes.

Self-doubt is a permanent roommate for every writer or creative person. As soon as you accept this, and realize this, the faster you can put your earplugs in when they play loud music late at night.

The easiest why to shut up self-doubt is to do the very thing you are afraid to do:  write. Write scared. Write when you’re frustrated. Write when you’re mad. Write when you’re happy. But write.

The more you write, the faster self-doubt loses weight, the quieter its voice gets, and the doubt is replaced by confidence.

That self-doubt may never go away, but you can always shut it up.

 

Jennifer P. Harris

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