The Writers’ Block

The Writers’ Block

comegetyourwritelife.com
The Writer’s Block exists to be an encouragement and resource to all writers along their journey! Whether you write as a hobby, if you are a blogger, or you are on your way towards publication, we have something for everyone! Come see us every other Thursday and get your strength back to keep going! And as always, Happy Writing! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/onthewritersblock/support


In This Place Miniseries: Making Our Own Table To Set
Sep 26 • 29 min
More —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/onthewritersblock/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/onthewritersblock/support
41. Meet Michae and Quintell Allen, Founders of Ghostreaders
Sep 24 • 79 min
Books are important. Ebooks are convenient. Audiobooks are a tool to an indie author! Voice work, like writing, is work, requiring a specific set of skills. On this show, we are speaking to Michae and Quintell Allen-founders and performers of…
In This Place Miniseries: Begging For Scraps
Sep 20 • 35 min
Thank you to real writing allies. Thank you to those making spaces and bringing in authors that need to be read! Thank you to the authors who help nurture others in this craft! This week I speak about what what it means to beg to be seen in a world that…
In This Place Miniseries: Your Approval Is Not Needed
Sep 12 • 13 min
Writing as a Black/minority writer is almost like a secret identity. From inception of an ideas to its publishing, it is fraught with uncertainty. But, sometimes that uncertainty is insidious, wanting to take control of all that you desire to write—with…
40. Pro-tips For Back To Writing Month
Sep 10 • 21 min
It’s BACK TO WRITING MONTH and NANOWRIMO is not far behind! Get ready, dear ones! For this show, let me remind you of what support is, what it isn’t, and how to get it. Books mentioned: On Writing (S. King), WriteLife (J. Harris) both available on Amazon.…
Bonus Episode: Why Leiticia—Our Shuri—Matters
Sep 6 • 20 min
There are petitions circling about how no one should be recast to play T’Challa—and I completely agree! If we follow the source material, we know that the next Black Panther is Princess Shuri. For this bonus episode, we are going to look at why Leticia…
Bonus Episode: Remembering Chadwick Aaron Boseman
Sep 5 • 21 min
We are all still grieving the loss of this talent taken from us all too soon. In this bonus episode, we celebrate his life, what could have been and how is legacy is richer than we could imagine. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way…
39. Freelance Editor and Writer, Anette King, The Blurb Diva
Aug 27 • 54 min
I have known Anette for the better part of four years. She is a confidant, a push and a wonder to behold. It was through her friendship and push that I came out of my shell to begin to try and make writing thing I desired to make money doing. With this…
38. Interview With Tonia Ransom, Executive Producer of Nightlight: The Black Horror Podcast
Aug 13 • 81 min
“I know that I am a rare bird.” -Octavia E. Butler I have been a fan of Tonia Ransom for almost 3 years, and have referenced her on this show previously. She is a friend, collaborator and felt Season 3 would not be complete without talking to Tonia about…
BONUS: Give To ‘POSE’
Jul 31 • 31 min
I am a fan of the show POSE! I am waiting for Season 3! So with the second snubbing of the cast of my show, I had to say something. Representation includes recognition as well. Remember that. You can find Janet Mock’s book SURPASSING CERTAINITY: WHAT MY…
37. Think About The Legacy: Writing, Value & Treasures
Jul 17 • 15 min
Understand everything you write about has value! Whatever you write about, begin to value. It is important to salvage and keep your work. You never know who is looking at you…or waiting for you. *****This is the official End of Season 2! See you in…
36. Legacy, Ink, And Pages
Jul 9 • 19 min
There is nothing easy about writing. With that said, you have to understand the RIGHT to even WRITE has been paid for. It is the duty of a writer to write. James Baldwin admonishes us to ‘do your work.’ So, do you work. It must be done, and must be done…
35. 6,895 Pages…
Jul 8 • 15 min
Preserve the work at all costs. You must understand the legacy of James Author Baldwin. War & Peace is over 1200 pages. The King James Bible is over 1400 pages. Think about this! The dedication to time and talent are always required when legacy is at…
34. Author Interview-Jennifer N. Baker: Author, Editor, Advocate. Founder/Executive Producer Minorities In Publishing Podcast.
Jun 30 • 95 min
The native New Yorker Jennifer N. Baker brings to the podcast a wealth of experiences as writer and editor totaling 20 years! For this episode, we will do a deep dive into what it means to be writer in a changing world, the power of words, who owns…
32A. The B.Simone Learning Curve
Jun 17 • 18 min
B.Simone is in fish grease hot water! As a writer, I am appalled. As a Black woman, I am irritated. At the intersection, I teach. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app —- Send in a voice…
32. Send For A Poet
Jun 11 • 23 min
James Baldwin said that a nation need to be nervous if it fails to produce poets. Toni Morrison said that in times of chaos and upheaval is when writers do their best work! This episode is to remind you there is still work to be done! And you have a stake…
Miniseries- Topic 5: HIP HOP IS EVERYWHERE
Jun 3 • 31 min
As we wrap up this miniseries, let the conversation continue! Hip-Hop is more than a genre, it transcends and makes culture! It is not a fad, is not noise, and is definitely not going away. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make…
31. GIVE ME MY PEN!
Jun 3 • 36 min
Intellectual property. Quoted work. Missing work! Merit vs Exposure vs Experience. Being a writer, a working writer at that, is FRAUGHT with pitfalls, missteps and false starts! This week, we are going to talk about all of it—and how to maneuver in a…
FOR THE LOVE OF HIP-HOP: Misogyny, Ho Culture and Ownership Of The Female Form (Part 2)
May 23 • 41 min
You thought our host wasn’t gonna just GIVE it to you?! You thought wrong! This week is part 2 of the conversation which began last week. Get your paper and pen, class is in session. Works referenced: When Chickenheads Come Home To Roost (Joan Morgan),…
30. CELEBRATE A YEAR WITH US!
May 17 • 11 min
We are officially a year old! This journey could not have been possible without God first and foremost. I am excited for what is next for the podcast! Special thanks to Syntell Smith (Book: Call Numbers), Big Black Chapters (shouts to Tiffany and…
Miniseries: For The Love Of Hip-Hop-Topic 3: Misogyny, Ho Culture & Owning The Female Form (Pt. 1)
May 16 • 42 min
Hip-Hop is a masculine Arena! And it always has been! It thrives on topic toxic masculinity, the brandishing of what is owned and sexual prowess. But, what about the women who have dominated in this arena who take that same language meant to discard or…
Miniseries: FOR THE LOVE OF HIP-HOP-TOPIC 2: Oral Traditions Of Storytelling
May 8 • 24 min
Storytelling is a powerful tool! It controls a narrative, a people and can influence thoughts and behaviors. It is with the power of storytelling we can provide space, value and respect for other people’s experiences. Hip-Hop is no different. —- This…
29 A. The Ancestors Be Watching: Remembering Ida B.
May 8 • 20 min
This week’s bonus episode has our house reflecting on the life and legacy of Ida Bell Wells Barnett, after being awarded the Pulitzer Prize…almost 90 years after her passing. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.…
29. The Work-Arounds
May 6 • 17 min
Where are all the Black literary agents? —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/onthewritersblock/message Support this podcast:…
Miniseries-FOR THE LOVE OF HIP-HOP: Topic 1: Story-Telling
May 1 • 15 min
All writing has one goal in mind—story-telling! How will you keep attention, maintaining both pace and interest! This is the heartbeat of all artists—they want to grab your eyes and ears so they can get your heart as well. —- This episode is sponsored by…
28. Author Interview: Leslie Crawford, When Children Write
Apr 16 • 75 min
When Children Write is a dynamic program whose goal is to increase children’s literacy based out of Baltimore, MD. The program is revolutionary, needed and is the brainchild of Leslie Crawford. The added bonus of this program? The children whom…
27. Sh!t Writers Say
Apr 7 • 30 min
The Quarantine is in full swing, and there’s just some things on our host’s mind! Get a snack, it’s going to be good. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app —- Send in a voice message:…
26. Real Talk About Encouragement
Mar 22 • 29 min
Discouragement is detriment. It is insidious and stifling. It is also cyclic—watch your circles as well! Find my book Writelife on Amazon (WriteLife https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078YM8JTB/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_TgaEEbAGZYX47) and make sure to follow my girl…
25. The Best Work In Dark Places
Mar 22 • 19 min
COVID-19 is an incubation period, not a curse! Work the time! You have work in you to do! —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app —- Send in a voice message:…
AAVE-PART III
Mar 19 • 13 min
The miniseries has come to an end put this is by no means the end of this conversation! Let us delve deeper into this concept of who owns language, who doesn’t and why writers do the work of changing that! —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The…
AAVE-PART II
Mar 19 • 13 min
The miniseries is going strong! We have to understand that language is rich and is steeped in both history and erasure. Be bold. Language needs you too! You are a writer—bend it to your will! —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to…
24. The Comeback
Mar 3 • 14 min
All riders go through slumps! But with The Comeback you have all tools at your disposal to not make a drought a desert! —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app —- Send in a voice message:…
AAVE Miniseries: Part I- HISTORY
Mar 2 • 11 min
Toni Morrison said that language is the measure of our lives. With that, I wanted to explore this sect of language known as African American Vernacular English. Yes, the AAVE in this 3-part series we will explore just how powerful (and needed) this…
23. The Fear Of Flying
Feb 13 • 24 min
This weeks episode was going to center around the hesitation, fear, real fear that some riders have about beginning any work or even in brace the title of writer. Here we are going to talk about the very real possibility of no one reading your work of no…
22. The 5-Mile Sprint (Concept taken from The Year Of Yes, by Shonda Rhimes).
Feb 6 • 29 min
Writing is a journey, and good writing a marathon. It is with utter glee that I can share this concept with you all—even if it is not my own. The 5-Mile Sprint is what allows you to tap in to your creative force and place with minimal hesitation! Have you…
21. Author Interview: Tiara Esters Trussel, Author Love Letters To The Exes
Jan 23 • 55 min
Local St. Louis author, Tiara Trussel, talks about her first book, Love Letters To My Exes. The premise of the book to allows space to tell the real reason behind what it means when some of us say, “It’s not you, it’s me.” Shameless plugs: Eye See Me…
20 A. Tweeting, Art & Writing
Jan 17 • 28 min
Response to Stephen King’s tweet this week (1/11/20-1/18/20) about visibility and viability of art…without the ‘need’ of diversity. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app —- Send in a voice…
20. Author Interview: Kay Brown, Author of the book TRUTH LOVE
Jan 9 • 50 min
The fantastic “unsinkable” Kay Brown has graced this podcast with her N’Awlins Black Girl Magic! Her first book, TRUTH LOVE, is a page turner and is the start of something amazing! Pick it up on Amazon, Kindle, and Kindle Unlimited. (Other podcast…
19. The Power Of Visibility
Dec 31, 2019 • 21 min
The year is wrapping up! Can you believe we will be in 2020 in a matter of days? Let this episode remind you that the work of writing is more than just words. People also have to “see what you’re saying.” —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The…
18A. MERRY CHRISTMAS
Dec 24, 2019 • 4 min
From our pen and page, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Tuesday! —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/onthewritersblock/message Support this…
18. #HappyWriting
Dec 12, 2019 • 14 min
It’s Season 2! We are kicking off this new season with a reminder of the power of owning your writing journey! Not everyone can do what you do! —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app —- Send in a…
The Writers’ Block (Trailer)
Nov 30, 2019 • 0 min
—- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/onthewritersblock/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/onthewritersblock/support
Season 2 Teaser
Nov 23, 2019 • 7 min
Season 2 is coming! We got big things coming! We got all kinda stuff going! We are so excited to bring you this hot new season on December 12! A teaser for our Author Spotlight is Jessie Sandoval and her Heavy Girl Poetry. Find her on Facebook! See you…
17. Writing Stamina
Nov 7, 2019 • 19 min
Writing is not for the faint! On this, our last show until December, we will leave you with encouragement and the reminders to keep you writing! You can do it—-even when you think you can’t. For more writing help follow JBHarris Writing…
16A. Happy NANOWRIMO!
Nov 1, 2019 • 18 min
It’s National Novel Writing Month! What are you working on? What are your goals? You think you can do it? It’ll be hard, but you can do it! —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/onthewritersblock/message Support this podcast:…
16. The Keys To The Kingdom-Barriers To Writing
Oct 24, 2019 • 22 min
This week we talk about Impostor Syndrome for writers and creatives, writing hang-ups, and how to break through them! More info is at http://comegetyourwritelife.com! —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.…
15. The Story Of The Three Fears
Oct 10, 2019 • 25 min
It’s almost Halloween! So, in spirit of the season, we are going to talk about fears. Namely the fears most writers will encounter in their careers! However! Fear not. In this episode we will talk about how to identify these fears and subdue them. For…
14A. Interview with Chanel Hardy, Founder of CHardy Publications.
Oct 4, 2019 • 50 min
In this bonus episode of The Writer’s Block, we’re interviewing Chanel Hardy, the founder of CHardy Publications! We are elated to have Chanel on the show! She is a wealth of information! We will be discussing her new book, Fernando, Black writer…
14. Confronting The F.E.A.R. And Doubt
Oct 3, 2019 • 20 min
It’s October and it is a time to celebrate all things scary! But there is nothing scarier than a writer who DOESN’T write! This episode, let’s talk about fear and how it doesn’t belong in the life of creative people! If you need more writing help, consult…
13. Writing Tool: The Story Machine
Sep 26, 2019 • 20 min
The concept of the Story Machine is a tool learned while during my undergrad. This tool is something that can be used to stimulate your imagination, help you cross genres if need be, and be perpetual! Don’t cheat yourself out of the dynamic stories you…
12A. Get In Where You Fit In: Black Love Stories Matter
Sep 14, 2019 • 22 min
Not all writers are the same, and the race of an author should not determine what genre they write! In this bonus episode, our host discusses her recent trip to a bookstore and she wound up feeling invisible and irritated. For more writing help, find…
12. The Power Of A Draft-Drawer
Sep 12, 2019 • 22 min
We are 12 days into Back To Writing Month! Today, I’m going to give you a secret which may save your sanity, and maximize your time! Ever heard of a draft-drawer? Well, now you have! #HappyWriting —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way…
11B. The Demon Of Self-Doubt
Sep 11, 2019 • 21 min
In this episode of The Writer’s Block, we’re going to dig deeper into the writing process. We are going to discuss what we call the demon of self doubt. As writers, we endure those moments where we ask ourselves, “Am I good enough?”, or, “Can I do this?”.…
11A. Success During Back To Writing Month
Sep 5, 2019 • 25 min
It’s September! That means it’s BACK TO WRITING MONTH! For this episode is full of tools and helps to be successful this month! From vocabulary building, to research to working books, you will have the power to be successful this next 20 some days!…
11. LIVE CALL - Adrienne Horn, founder and CEO of I. A.M. Editing, Ink.
Aug 29, 2019 • 46 min
We are beyond excited to have Adrienne Horn of I.A.M Editing to join us for another great LIVE CALL series on The Writer’s Block. Find Adrienne on Facebook and Instagram (I. A.M. Editing, Ink), and her site: https://www.iamediting.com! —- This episode is…
10A. Sharing, Credit & Plagiarism
Aug 24, 2019 • 27 min
Knowing the difference between sharing , credit and plagiarism are essential to the life of any writer. The cardinal sin of writing is this: THOU SHALL NOT STEAL. Find more about JBHarris Writing Services here: http://comegetyourwritelife.com! —- Send in…
10. Live Call - Syntell Smith, author of CALL NUMBERS
Aug 14, 2019 • 43 min
LIVE CALL ALERT! On this episode of The Writer’s Block, we bring to you our special guest, author of Call Numbers, available now on Amazon, Mr. Syntell Smith! And since it was a special occasion, we held a live call! —- This episode is sponsored by ·…
9. Writing IS Activism
Aug 5, 2019 • 19 min
“As writers, we are to record what we see” - James Baldwin On this episode of The Writer’s Block, we will tackle the subject of writing being a form of activism. Expression comes in various forms, from music to dancing,and especially writing/literature.…
8. Reboot. Revamp. Reimagine.
Jul 25, 2019 • 13 min
BONUS PODCAST ALERT! On this bonus episode of The Writer’s Block, we want to put the theme of revamping on your minds. There may be stories you’ve started, and haven’t picked them up in a while; that’s okay. You can pick them back up, add new characters,…
7. The Need For BookTubers
Jul 18, 2019 • 21 min
On this episode of The Writer’s Block, we’re going to tackle the topic of “BookTubers”, which is one of many tools a writer can have on their side. A BookTuber is simply, a person who does YouTube videos, promoting books from various authors. —- This…
6. The 7 Writing Tools
Jul 4, 2019 • 24 min
Happy Independence Day!! On today’s episode of The Writer’s Block, we’re going to divulge into the topic of “7 Writing Tools”. As writers, we have a toolbox that we can utilize to not only jump start our writing, but these tools can refresh as well as…
5. The Birthday Episode: Honor Your Storytelling
Jun 24, 2019 • 18 min
Happy Birthday to all writers born on today!!! In this episode of The Writer’s Block, I want to encourage all of my writers to honor your story telling, your ability to weave a story together. Never doubt that intricate part of your gift to write. As…
4. By Any Means Necessary
Jun 6, 2019 • 23 min
This week’s episode recaps on “Writing Time”. Not only should you make time and space to write, but you must utilize that time and space to write, no matter what. A BIG shout out to Big Black Chapters on Facebook, for allowing me to use their platform to…
3A. For The ‘Rare Birds’-An Overview of ‘Horror Noire’
Jun 5, 2019 • 34 min
We’re coming a day early with a special podcast! In this episode, we’re going to tackle something that’s not often discussed during Black History - Black Horror. #AreYouListening? —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a…
3. Writing Time
May 24, 2019 • 25 min
In this week’s episode, we’re going to tackle the topic of “Writing Time”. One must ask themselves this question: “Is there a space and time set for me to write?”. With Writing Time, there’s a space that we must create in order to be more efficient with…
2. Honor The Talent
May 15, 2019 • 21 min
Picking up from the Inaugural episode, we’re giving insight on how to facilitate your talent in writing. The question we pose for you is this: What are *you* doing to maximize and facilitate the talent? Listen in to find out!! —- This episode is sponsored…
The Inaugural Episode: Welcome To The Block!
May 13, 2019 • 20 min
Our first initial launch! After a year of planning, we are finally here! —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/onthewritersblock/message Support…