Procrastination, disorganization, lack of knowledge, and overwhelm. These are the top reasons people don't get their writing done, submitted, or published.
I've sold just about a million copies in total. (Last count was in 2017 when I was just under a million, so I'm guestimating on past counts!)
When I started The Writers' Block in 2016, my goal was to create a welcoming, warm, supportive group where writers could get personal and actionable help. I wanted to offer solid guidance on the problems in a manuscript, and with all those other crummy obstacles you hit when you're a writer. It has become a custom-tailored, inspirational community for writers. And I wanted to offer it at a do-able cost.
So, what exactly is The Writers' Block?
It's a virtual community—a private clubhouse—offering you writing inspiration and support, publishing instruction, expert knowledge, marketing skills, and more. It's a place to get encouragement to keep you going when the going hits a dead stop; it's a welcoming front porch when you just can't seem to continue or even get yourself started.
As a member of the Writers' Block, you're our "Neighbor."
Here are some of my Neighbors' responses when I asked whether they would continue into the next year:
Join us on The Writers' Block and you'll only pay $37/month as long as you're a member. That's just about a $1 a day for the opportunities and knowledge listed above. It's month-to-month, so you can quit at any time.
You get hundreds of dollars worth of benefits, support, multiple monthly opportunities to have your work critiqued, and tips every month through this special deal. Isn't about $1 a day a good investment in your writing?
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I love the tidbits of info we get from the critiques and the guest expert interviews. I follow several writers groups, podcasts and on email lists. I get something from everyone but I feel like you are the only one that dives into the proper layouts, secrets to remembering proper grammar, give us ideas on how to go different directions, and gets excited with us. I like the feel of the one on one mentoring.
Encouragement through the week! Support. It has led me to finally getting it together and managing to ship a story off to Cricket. Maybe I’ll send another tomorrow! Keep the ball rolling. That story has sat for a year+. I know it sounds silly, but it is a major achievement for me. I literally felt quite ill hitting the submit button, as for various reasons it is the first time I have sent out a manuscript in several years. Thank you for your encouragement, Katie and others.
I’m thankful for all of the revisions I’ve been able to get done. I feel like a new, enthused me. I’m also very thankful for … Writers’ Block.
As a newly published author of The Museum… I reached out to Katie for consultation and guidance… Katie’s wealth of knowledge and technological skill have been instrumental in putting me on the right path. She is efficient, knowledgeable, highly skilled, and extremely generous. I’m continuing my work with Katie as I go on this journey!
Katie Davis provides consistent and great content each month. What I enjoy the most about her block parties is that she is vulnerable and real. You can expect the same out of her critiques. She will give you encouragement but is not afraid to give it to you straight if something isn’t working. She genuinely cares and wants to help others. This became the most evident when she was the guest expert with a Live Question and Answer. (Hint: I hope the Live Q&A continues.)
I have felt very honored to be a part of your Writers’ Block. Katie Davis did 2 of my critiques. I didn’t know how to format a manuscript. I didn’t know how to write in present or past consistently, keep the same verb tense throughout the story. I learned so much and now I am sending them out to agents. Thanks, Katie.
If you are at all interested in furthering your writing then do something to help yourself. The support, the critiques, the forthright and honest feedback [in the Writers’ Block] is all part of what you get. The community and “neighbors” are the perks.
Putting yourself out there for a critique is not easy…The best thing about Katie’s comments is that while she is straight out honest and exacting, she also never misses a chance to praise the good stuff. She may be your toughest critic, but she is also your biggest fan. Priceless!
I look forward to the monthly online critique workshops, aka “Block Parties.” The critiques are extremely helpful. The Writers’ Block provides me with lots of great tips and inspiration and I enjoy the interviews and contest. I find myself referring The Writers’ Block to writers I meet. Katie is amazing; she goes the extra mile for us and her professionalism is outstanding. I feel like I have a family within this group – an important extra bonus to all the learning to hone my writing skills!
I frequently find that the critiques have me looking at my work from a different angle. Even while listening to someone else’s work being read and examined, I hear things that make me aware of some of my own bad habits. It’s not always comfortable to hear criticism but I think true learning needs to shake us up a bit. I look forward to the online critique workshops every month.
Thank you Katie. The critique I received from the writers block was very helpful the reminder to look carefully for slips from the tents I’m using, and all the other corrections and suggestions, applied to the continue review of my current manuscript has made a noticeable improvement in the creation of my story. Thank you again.
The Writers’ Block is an ongoing opportunity to learn from and connect with other writers. The monthly Block Party critiques with Katie are Golden!