The Writers’ Block

The Writers’ Block

By Jennifer Harris
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!
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38. Interview With Tonia Ransom, Executive Producer of Nightlight: The Black Horror Podcast
"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 writing, her love of horror writing, and need for finding the flock of more rare birds. Find more about Nightlight:  The Black Horror Podcast here! website:  http://nightlightpod.com (check the submission requirements!)  Find the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Spotify! IG:  @nightlightpod Twitter:  @nightlightpod Facebook: Nightlight:  A Horror Fiction Podcast SUPPORT NIGHTLIGHT PODCAST! Movie mentioned: Stigmata (1999), Starring Patricia Arquette and Nia Long. Follow the dynamic Tananarive Due on Twitter: @tananarivedue
1:20:52
August 13, 2020
BONUS: Give To 'POSE'
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 TWENTIES TAUGHT ME on Amazon. You can find my sister Jahaira on YouTube (JahairasMission) and Diamond Stylz on YouTube (DiamondStylz) and the podcast Marsha's Plate (find on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and SoundCloud). #BlackTransWomenMatter
30:45
July 31, 2020
37. Think About The Legacy: Writing, Value & Treasures
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 August****
14:32
July 17, 2020
36. Legacy, Ink, And Pages
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 by you. I believe in you. Keep going.  This week's SEND FOR A POET segment is by St. Louis, MO spoken word artist, Dani Skye. Follow us in IG (@thewritersblockpodcastofficial) for Dani Skye's flyer for her August show on Zoom. Follow her on social media:    Instagram@iamdaniskye smokin_da_mic_series Facebook Page:  daniskye1980 Smokin Da Mic Series
19:04
July 9, 2020
35. 6,895 Pages...
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 stake. Be brave, be bold and keep writing. 
14:29
July 8, 2020
34. Author Interview-Jennifer N. Baker: Author, Editor, Advocate. Founder/Executive Producer Minorities In Publishing Podcast.
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 language and the power of visibility. Follow Jennifer on the socials: Podcast: Minorities In Publishing (find wherever you get your podcasts--Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify) Twitter:  @jbakernyc  Website:  http://jennifernbaker.com  What Jennifer is reading: The Dragons, the Giant, the Women by Wayetu Moore Podcast Mentions:  Literary Agents of Color (founded by Penny Moore):  https://www.litagentsofcolor.com The Well-Read Black Girl by Glory Edim Nightlight:  The Black Horror Podcast-- Tonia Thompson, Executive Producer/Founder
1:34:37
June 30, 2020
32A. The B.Simone Learning Curve
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.
17:46
June 17, 2020
32. Send For A Poet
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 in that. The Writers’ Block Podcast welcomes Alyssa Davis and the reading of her poem, “My Skin Is Not A Weapon”. We look forward to hearing more from her. Author note: I was trying not to cry even thinking about what happened to George Lloyd on a public street—in daylight. #BlackWritersMatter #SayHisName #GeorgeLloyd #BreonnaTaylor #AhmaudArbery
23:09
June 11, 2020
Miniseries- Topic 5: HIP HOP IS EVERYWHERE
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.
30:45
June 4, 2020
31. GIVE ME MY PEN!
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 world that will ignore, discredit or use you as a fad. Fear not! Help is on the way!
36:11
June 4, 2020
FOR THE LOVE OF HIP-HOP: Misogyny, Ho Culture and Ownership Of The Female Form (Part 2)
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), Hood Feminism (Mikki Kendall) and Hip-Hop Is Dead (Nas).
41:08
May 23, 2020
30. CELEBRATE A YEAR WITH US!
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 Raquel!), Adrienne Horn (Platform: I. Am. Editing, INK), Tiara Chantal (Book: Letters To Exes), Chanel Hardy (Book: Fernando, and she is all over Amazon), Kay Brown (Book: Truth Love; Platform: Truth Love Podcast), and Leslie Crawford, founder of WHEN CHILDREN WRITE! SPECIAL THANKS to my Audio Producer LeArthur Lee, owner of Valor Music, LLC based out of San Antonio, Texas!If I have forgotten anyone, charge it to my head and not my heart! I love all of you all! And grateful for all of You! HERE’S TO YEAR TWO!
10:57
May 17, 2020
Miniseries: For The Love Of Hip-Hop-Topic 3: Misogyny, Ho Culture & Owning The Female Form (Pt. 1)
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 discount them-– and make it their own? Books referenced: When Chickenheads Come Home To Roost by Joan Morgan, Eloquent Rage by Dr. Brittany Cooper, Hood Feminism: Notes From Women A Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall.
41:47
May 16, 2020
Miniseries: FOR THE LOVE OF HIP-HOP-TOPIC 2: Oral Traditions Of Storytelling
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.
23:42
May 8, 2020
29 A. The Ancestors Be Watching: Remembering Ida B.
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.
20:12
May 8, 2020
29. The Work-Arounds
Where are all the Black literary agents?
16:47
May 6, 2020
Miniseries-FOR THE LOVE OF HIP-HOP: Topic 1: Story-Telling
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.
14:47
May 1, 2020
28. Author Interview: Leslie Crawford, When Children Write
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 participate will become published authors! You all know we had to get behind this! For more information on When Children Write, please visit their website at http://www.whenchildrenwrite.com. Or email When Children Write at info@whenchildrenwrite.com.
1:15:04
April 16, 2020
27. Sh!t Writers Say
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.
29:32
April 7, 2020
26. Real Talk About Encouragement
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 Tonia Ransom (formerly Tonia Thompson) on her podcast Nightlight! Find your tribe, get your support and keep going!
28:44
March 23, 2020
25. The Best Work In Dark Places
COVID-19 is an incubation period, not a curse! Work the time! You have work in you to do!
18:37
March 23, 2020
AAVE-PART III
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!
13:15
March 20, 2020
AAVE-PART II
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!
13:06
March 19, 2020
24. The Comeback
All riders go through slumps! But with The Comeback you have all tools at your disposal to not make a drought a desert!
13:40
March 3, 2020
AAVE Miniseries: Part I- HISTORY
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 dialect is.
11:18
March 3, 2020
23. The Fear Of Flying
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 one liking your niche or do you have an a breakthrough glass ceilings! But as always there is hope.
23:39
February 13, 2020
22. The 5-Mile Sprint (Concept taken from The Year Of Yes, by Shonda Rhimes).
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 started your sprint today?
28:50
February 6, 2020
21. Author Interview: Tiara Esters Trussel, Author Love Letters To The Exes
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 Bookstore, Ruby (a novel), written by Jennifer Harris, and Kamdon 689 (on Facebook). Follow the progress of the book, http://www.facebook.com/loveletterstotheexee
54:50
January 23, 2020
20 A. Tweeting, Art & Writing
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.
27:33
January 18, 2020
20. Author Interview: Kay Brown, Author of the book TRUTH LOVE
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 mentioned: NIGHTLIGHT: Black Horror Podcast, found on Apple Podcast, GooglePlay)
49:36
January 9, 2020
19. The Power Of Visibility
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.”
21:25
December 31, 2019
18A. MERRY CHRISTMAS
From our pen and page, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Tuesday!
04:19
December 24, 2019
18. #HappyWriting
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!
13:34
December 12, 2019
Season 2 Teaser
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 y’all soon!
07:17
November 23, 2019
17. Writing Stamina
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 Services-http://comegetyourwritelife.com.
19:18
November 7, 2019
16A. Happy NANOWRIMO!
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!
18:39
November 1, 2019
16. The Keys To The Kingdom-Barriers To Writing
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!
21:50
October 24, 2019
15. The Story Of The Three Fears
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 more writing help, find our host on her writing platform: http://comegetyourwritelife.com
25:22
October 10, 2019
14A. Interview with Chanel Hardy, Founder of CHardy Publications.
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 visibility and how sexy stories are not reserved for just the non-melaninated! You've been warned! This one is a little raunchy! Follow Chanel on social media-- Twitter: @chardypub_ Facebook: Chanel Hardy IG: @chardypub_ Chanel is hosting a writing contest as well! See the website for the writing contest is www.konnectflashfic.com all the submission/winner info is on the front page.
49:47
October 4, 2019
14. Confronting The F.E.A.R. And Doubt
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 JBHarris Writing Services (http://comegetyourwritelife.com) as well as JBHarris on Instagram (@authorjbharris)
19:44
October 3, 2019
13. Writing Tool: The Story Machine
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 house. Let the Story Machine be your secret weapon. Keep writing!
19:59
September 26, 2019
12A. Get In Where You Fit In: Black Love Stories Matter
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 JBHarris Writing Services at http://comegetyourwritelife.com. As always, #HappyWriting
21:49
September 14, 2019
12. The Power Of A Draft-Drawer
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
21:35
September 12, 2019
11B. The Demon Of Self-Doubt
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?".  You are. Keep going! #HappyWriting
20:40
September 11, 2019
11A. Success During Back To Writing Month
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! #HappyWriting #Writing #Tools #Resources #September #BackToWriting #BackToWritingMonth
24:34
September 5, 2019
11. LIVE CALL - Adrienne Horn, founder and CEO of I. A.M. Editing, Ink.
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!
46:08
August 29, 2019
10A. Sharing, Credit & Plagiarism
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!
27:29
August 24, 2019
10. Live Call - Syntell Smith, author of CALL NUMBERS
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!
42:48
August 15, 2019
9. Writing IS Activism
"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. In this day and time, I encourage all writers to never stifle your voice!
18:58
August 5, 2019
8. Reboot. Revamp. Reimagine.
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, give old characters new life. They're your stories. 
13:18
July 26, 2019
7. The Need For BookTubers
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.
21:13
July 18, 2019
6. The 7 Writing Tools
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 sharpen our skills
23:39
July 4, 2019
5. The Birthday Episode: Honor Your Storytelling
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 writers, we must always exercise our storytelling with the world.
18:08
June 24, 2019
4. By Any Means Necessary
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 encourage fellow writers!
23:12
June 6, 2019
3A. For The ‘Rare Birds’-An Overview of ‘Horror Noire’
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?
33:30
June 5, 2019
3. Writing Time
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 our craft.
25:20
May 24, 2019
2. Honor The Talent
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!!
20:32
May 15, 2019
The Inaugural Episode: Welcome To The Block!
Our first initial launch! After a year of planning, we are finally here! 
19:57
May 13, 2019