Is A Blogger A Writer?

“A real writer can write anything.”

-Christopher Priest

There are only twenty-six letters of the English alphabet. Only twenty-six, these letters from Arabic, Greek and Roman influence,  have allowed imaginations to come to life, and the collective memory known as history to be recorded.

In this new medium of social media, blogging has become the outlet to those whom possess both opinion and time. Blogging provides space to give voice and space to whatever may be on your mind.

And with the advantage of the internet, there are pockets of information and fandom as diverse as the interests of the souls of the world.

However, is a blogger a writer?

My answer? They can be.

This discipline of writing is what makes you a writer. It is the motivation and time put into the talent of what differentiates. Being a writer, as Nikki Giovanni says, means you always are writing. You are always writing!

Whether it is a blog, a poem, review or novel, you are always writing. Words are a portion of who you are! Who writers are!

A blogger is a writer if they want to be.

Again, a blogger is a writer if they want to be. There is, can be no elitism when there are only 26 letters.

 

Jennifer P. Harris

Editor/FounderShekinah Glory Writing Services

 

The Fear Of Revision

 

The scariest thing sometimes is to create a story. The next scariest thing is to decide to revise something you may have had to push through to finish. The thing which hinders writers to revise is anxiety. Namely, the dynamic duo of fear and doubt.

The fear tells the writer, “How can you do it?” Doubt says, “I don’t think I can, I don’t see how I can, and I can’t. I can’t. I can’t!” These voices will always haunt writers. We coexist with fear and doubt. From idea conception to publishing, we wax and wane between the highs and lows brought about through, by creativity.

In conquering these bickering, quibbling voices, try these steps:

1.) Be forgiving of yourself.

Writing is hard! Let no one tell you different.  Sometimes the best thing you can do is to forgive yourself for doubting the quality of your work, or leaving a work or draft believing it is not worth rewriting. Audre Lorde notes there are times that writers don’t in fact write! And indeed this is heartbreaking. However, in forgiving  yourself, you allow the gift, the talent to return without hindrance.

2.)  Be honest.

What are you writing to write?

What are you trying to say?

Don’t think about what other people will think when they read it, you must first write the book you want to read. From there, you are able, will be able to write and revise as you desire.

3.) Be consistent.

We know that scheduling writing time can be a thing of miracles. However, if you desire to finish or revise a work, you will have to push through doubt by way of discipline and consistency.

If you set out to make Wednesdays your revision/writing days? Do that. Let nothing hinder you from that work, and developing that discipline.

Discipline helps to silence doubt, and stifle fear. It proves to your talent and giftings they are under control, subject to your demand, and are subject to exercising.  You can write because you can write.

 

4.) Be confident.

This is your story. You are its writer. These people, these worlds you create, are subject to your control and the limited only by your imagination. Write as if know one is looking. The only one who is will be you. So give your audience something to see.

 

 

Jennifer P. Harris

Editor/Founder-Shekinah Glory Writing Services

In The Beginning

There is an anxiety that will always come when you begin a new writing project. There is this trepidation that will come as you begin to hatch the plan to put thought to word to screen or paper.

Don’t fear these moments of creativity, embrace them. If you still have anxiety over putting thought to word to paper, try these steps:

1.) Don’t rush the idea. There are certain stories and concepts you don’t need to jump head first into. Researching helps with this type of anxiety about a topic you desire to write about. Certain topics require you have a working knowledge of the topic you desire to write about, or the story you desire to write.

2.)  Utilize Social Media. In the world of becoming a writer, deciding to write, there can be this creative loneliness where you feel no one is or could be experiencing the same thing you are.  Join a writer’s group or a writing group. Find one of your favorite writers on Facebook or Twitter and follow them. On Twitter, I follow the amazing Tananarive Due and on Facebook I am one of ‘the people of the page’ for Anne Rice. Sometimes they will even answer questions you as a fan/potential writer even pose! The writers’ groups are places of comfort and idea exchange. Tips are exchanged and networking happens. Use all your resources available to you.

3.) Don’t Be Scared To Make It Up. I got this piece of advice from Tananarive Due (again, see step #2!)! I asked her about creating a backstory for a story, and the backstory not found in research. She told me if there a myth that I needed, to literally make it up! When she said this to me, I was amazed! I hadn’t thought about what it would mean to make up what I needed–when my job as a writer is to make things up! This is one of the reasons as a writer is it is imperative you be an avid reader, and be comfortable in being a better reader than you are a writer.

4.) Break The Boxes Open. There are so many things you as a writer can do, so many stories to write, don’t be afraid if you have an idea to cross over. If you do horror, and have an idea for a romance novel? Write it! If you do romance, and have an idea for a sci-fi saga? Write it! Don’t be afraid to stretch out! It’s your talent, your time, your imagination. Use it!

5.)Embrace The Process! Writing is hard. Let no one tell you different. It can feel impossible, and for the intimidation of creation, you can freeze! Don’t fear the process! Free write the idea, see how it sounds, and work from idea to free write to draft. You can do it. If you get stuck, and you think you need to start over? Start over. The only rules in writing are the ones you create. There is a roux to it which is in order to be a writer:  you gotta write. You. Have. To. Write.

Be encouraged, dear one. You can do it. So do it.

 

Jennifer P. Harris

Editor/Founder-Shekinah Glory Writing Services

Second Looks

Pick up the pen, dear one.

Pick up the manuscript, the draft–no matter what it is, pick it up. There is magic written by you, that is worthy of a second look.

There is something to be said for writing a draft, and the completion of the writing of that draft. Writing is a process, much like a birth! The energy put towards something you create comes from a deeper level than people realize. The conceptualizing, the creative, real-time changes, and putting passion to vernacular is hard. Sometimes with that creative toughness, it is imperative you take a second and look at what you have written.

Sometimes it is hard to look at something you created to try and make it better, to revise it, or even have someone else put eyes on it. However, respect the artist inside of you. Respect the craft you participate in. Respect your time, your effort and your imagination! Your talents are not wasted or to no avail.

A little time is necessary after you finish creating a written work. I call it breathing time. You need this as an artist! Use that time to think about what is  you created, and what you want to create. Breathing time is where you can reflect, revamp and refuel. It is in this time where your revision ideas come, and the energy to revise comes. Don’t fear that quiet. Don’t fear having to put a work away in order to come back to it.

Dust the work off, it is yours afterall. See what you have, read it with new eyes. The glorious thing about writing is what you think is trash when completed, with rest and rejuvenation, you can see the treasure hidden there.

The best thing? You put the treasure there.

 

Jennifer P. Harris

Editor/Founder-Shekinah Glory Writing Services

The Words Matter

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Writing is the most incredible thing I could ever do. I am glad I decided to come back to something I consider my first love.  With that said,  I understand the importance of doing what you love–and being bold enough to ask for help.

Writing, being good at writing, can indeed make you cocky. Being a writer, becoming a writer, you have to develop a steadfast humility. You have to be able to recognize you don’t know everything about writing. You have to have an understanding of the art your are pursuing. You have to understand writing, language, the art of communication is an art form which you are or have to continue to learn. You also must trust enough in your own talent to continue to advance towards your writing goals.

You don’t know everything.

You can’t know everything.

You have to be open to learn  more about your craft. In that learning, you allow yourself to grow in your writing. This new information allows you to build more confidence in your writing, which only adds to your personal faith in your talent.

Don’t shy away from critiques, workshops or even writing coaches (yes, they are a thing!)!  The purpose of a tool is to develop a skill. Don’t shy away from tools. They will only help.

Hustle. Grind. Believe. Write.

 

 

Jennifer P. Harris

Editor/Founder-Shekinah Glory Writing Services

The Importance Of Editing

Editors are not the enemy.

The goal of a good editor is to be an investigator and a treasure hunter of sorts. Our job is to make your work read and sound as best as it possibly can. The way this is done by proofreading. The goal of an editor is not to rip apart work or make it their own. Editors desire the best work be shown, and any corrections are to improve the quality of that work. The ink we spill demonstrates what can be better, what can be improved on, and what is of no use to the work you submit.

It’s not a bad thing to have other people look over your work. It is not a bad thing to question your editors. Matter of fact, I encourage it! It is your work, and you should be able to have an intelligent discourse about something you have put time effort and energy into. Ultimately, it is your decision as a writer/client to accept the advice and consultation given. It cannot be forced on you.

You are the owner of your work, and you know it best. Editors only try and point you into directions which can and do only help. Editors desire the best for the writers they serve.

Don’t fear. We’re only here to help.

 

Jennifer P. Harris

Editor/Founder-Shekinah Glory Writing Services

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