Writing Tips and Writerly Musings

with Morgan Hazelwood

About the show

Welcome!

If you want to hear writing tips from the big names, the medium names, and everyone else, look no further.

As a blogger, vlogger, and unpublished fantasy author, I am addicted to attending all the writing panels a person could possibly attend at a convention. We're talking attending upwards of 25 hours of panels in 3 days.

Fortunately for you? I love sharing my copious notes.

But, I also get real. I share my struggles, my failures, and... hopefully, my writing successes.

Thanks for listening.

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Episodes

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    So You've Finished Your Rough Draft. Now What?

    November 30th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  6 mins 13 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, nanowrimo, writers, writing, writing tips

    When a writer finishes a rough draft, they often feel like celebrating -- but they also know they've got a LOT of editing ahead. In this episode, I talk about the ways to handle the end of a draft, and what your next steps could be.

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    Gratitude

    November 26th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  4 mins 10 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, gratitude, holiday, thanksgiving, writers, writing, writing tips

    In this flashback to 2017, here are the things I'm thankful for.

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    Second Book Problems

    November 23rd, 2020  |  Season 1  |  8 mins 51 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, sequels, writers, writing, writing tips

    As writers, most of us want people to read our work and love it. But sometimes? That means we have to write a sequel! Today's episode talks about all the things you might run into when you start writing that sequel -- planned, or unplanned.

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    What NaNoWriMo Gives You -- Win OR 'Lose'

    November 23rd, 2020  |  Season 1  |  10 mins 6 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, nanowrimo, writers, writing, writing tips

    While not everyone who tries NaNoWriMo ends the month with 50,000 words or more, that doesn't mean those who don't are 'losers'. In this episode, I talk about what NaNoWriMo gives you, win or 'lose'.

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    How One Writer Made It Through NaNoWriMo

    November 20th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  6 mins 17 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, nanowrimo, writers, writing, writing tips

    In a flashback to my most successful -- in terms of wordcount - NaNoWriMos, I talk about how I managed to make it to a NaNo-and-a-half in one month.

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    How To Write? You Do You!

    November 16th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  9 mins 42 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, nanowrimo, writers, writing, writing tips

    There are more ways to write a novel than there are writers -- and what worked last time, may not work this time. In this episode, I talk about all the advice out there -- and ways you can use and adapt them to work for you.

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    Maintaining Your Momentum

    November 13th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  5 mins 54 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, nanowrimo, writers, writing, writing tips

    You had a great idea for a story, you sat down to write it, and away you went. At first, everything just flowed out of you, but usually, at least for me, somewhere around 12,000 words, my writing starts to turn into a chore. Here's wishing you luck.

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    Getting Your Words Out

    November 9th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  5 mins 54 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, nanowrimo, writers, writing, writing tips

    To be a writer, you need two things -- time to write and the ability to get the words on the paper to share the story you want to tell. Of course, it's a lot harder than that, but in this episode, I'll be talking about ways to make time for your writing, and ways to keep the story moving forward.

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    So You Wanna Be A Writer?

    November 2nd, 2020  |  Season 1  |  4 mins 23 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, nanowrimo, writers, writing, writing tips

    The primary difference between aspiring authors and actual writers is the number of words on the page. (Getting published on the other hand? Is a whole different can of worms.) In this episode, I talk about how NaNoWriMo -- or National Novel Writing Month can help.

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    Twas The Week Before NaNo

    October 30th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  3 mins 36 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    In this seasonal parody poem, Morgan describes the prep process that many writers go through, in the run up to NaNoWriMo.

    Best of luck to all the writers out there trying for 50,000 words in November!

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    How To Create A New Mythology (or Religion)

    October 26th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  5 mins 49 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    When creating worlds, we get to create new cultures, new peoples with their own beliefs and their own myths. In this episode, I share tips which aspects you should really consider when creating your own religion.

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    Top 7 Tips For Quick Query Rejections

    October 19th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  5 mins 56 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, querying, writers, writing, writing tips

    If you're querying agents, on your way to becoming traditionally published, there are 7 things you can do to guarantee a quick rejection.

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    Waiting For Rejection -- or Selection.

    October 16th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  6 mins 24 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, fears, pitchwars, querying, rejection, writers, writing, writing tips

    As writers, we spend a lot of time waiting to find out if we've been rejected. But being selected has its own stressors. In this episode, Morgan addresses both fears.

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    Reading Aloud

    October 12th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  4 mins 34 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, public speaking, reading aloud, writers, writing, writing tips

    I like going to panels on 'reading my own work', dreaming about the day when I'm asked to give a book reading of my own. In this episode, I talk about the 5 aspects of reading aloud and ways to optimize each aspect.

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    No PitchWars For Me This Year

    October 9th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  2 mins 48 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, pitchwars, writers, writing, writing tips

    While PitchWars can be instrumental and the community is active year-round, in this flashback episode, Morgan talks about her reasons to skip participating in 2018.

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    World Creation: Built On The Shoulders Of Giants

    October 5th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  8 mins 14 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, george rr martin, writers, writing, writing tips

    In this episode, I share my notes from this panel on world creation featuring George RR Martin, I took notes on world-building, magic systems versus science, making your work stand out to publishers and more.