Writing Tips and Writerly Musings

with Morgan Hazelwood

About the show


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As a blogger, vlogger, and unpublished fantasy author, I am addicted to attending all the writing panels a person could possibly attend at a convention.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.

  • Morgan Hazelwood


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    Booktube: The World of Online Book Discussions

    August 8th, 2022  |  Season 5  |  11 mins 56 secs
    beta-reading, books, booktubers, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    The booktuber world is right next door to the authortuber world — full of people talking about their to-read lists, the books they’re actually reading, and their own community. As opposed to us authortubers, talking about writing tips, writing progress, and apparently streaming virtual write-ins. Both are full of people passionate about books and wanting to talk about it on youtube.

    In the titular panel at WorldCon, Stevie “Sablecaught” Finegan, Claire Rousseau (Books and Quills), Thomas Wagner (SFF180), Linnea Sternefält (RobotMaria133), and Brianne Reeves (BreeReadsBooks) shared with us their experiences being booktubers.

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    Done to Death: The Art of Killing Characters

    August 1st, 2022  |  Season 5  |  11 mins 5 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    When you’re reading a story and a character dies, you can tell if it’s just the writer trying to manipulate your emotions or if it’s good storytelling.

    In the titular panel at Worldcon77, Patrick Rothfuss, Veronica Roth, Su J Sokel, Amy Ogden, and Daryl Gregory did their best to make sure we know that every death should count.

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    The Future of Podcasting

    July 25th, 2022  |  Season 5  |  7 mins 29 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    Podcasting has had its ups and downs since it first started. The market is big, but there’s a lot of small fish out there and it’s hard to get noticed.

    At the titular panel at Balticon53, Mark Redfield, Mike Luoma, Philippa Ballantine, Christiana Ellis, and Fred. G. Yost discussed where podcasting has been and what they hope and fear we’ll see in the future.

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    How to Tell Science From Pseudoscience

    July 18th, 2022  |  Season 5  |  8 mins 18 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    Throughout time, there has always been a struggle between science and pseudoscience. Even as we’ve learned more, done better, some have always insisted on ignoring those advances.

    On the titular panel at Worldcon 2019, Dublin, Eugene Doherty, Sam Scheiner, Cristina Macia, and moderated by Stephen Nelson, discussed the daily fight against pseudoscience beliefs.

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    Sex, Sexuality, and World Building

    July 11th, 2022  |  Season 5  |  10 mins 35 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    My last post was on asexual representation. Literally. Today, I bring you the flip side. I mostly write younger stuff or fade-to-black scenes to avoid any explicitness of this issue, but a lot of you out there are writing it as the forefront of your novel.

    At the titular panel, moderated by Jennifer Povey: D’Amanda Martini, Nobilis Reed, Mark L. Van Name, and Lisa Hawkridge managed to keep on topic WHILE keeping it all about books and writing. I was VERY impressed.

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    Making the Asexual Textual

    July 4th, 2022  |  Season 5  |  12 mins 24 secs
    books, sexuality, writers, writing, writing tips

    Some people are sexually attracted to the opposite gender, some are attracted to the same gender, while others are attracted to more than one gender, and yet others are only sexually attracted under specific circumstances?

    But, not all people are sexually attracted to someone. Those people? Identify as asexual.

    Especially in Western culture, so many of our stories — be they folktales of yore, current tv shows, books, or movies — center around the main character’s relationship. Even if it’s not the main plot point.

    For asexual people, they’ve had to read-between-the-lines to look for characters that represent them.

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    Improving Your Readings

    June 27th, 2022  |  Season 5  |  5 mins 26 secs
    books, public speaking, reading, writers, writing

    From authors who are asked to read their own work at signings, to audiobook narrators, to podcasters, there are a lot of us out there who want — or need — to get better at readings.

    At the titular panel, at Balticon 53, Tee Morris, Jean L Cooper, and Mike Luona shared their best tips.

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    Intro To Hopepunk

    June 20th, 2022  |  Season 5  |  6 mins 58 secs
    books, writers, writing, writing tips

    In a grimdark world, filled with truth, lies, and politics many of us have been longing for a literary escape that can give us some hope. For this generation, Hopepunk is our solution.

    At WorldCon 77 Dublin, Jo Walton, Lettie Prell, and the creator of the term, herself, Alexandra Rowland, on a panel moderated by the marvelous Sam Hawke discussed the true meaning of Hopepunk.

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    Season 5: Trailer

    June 13th, 2022  |  Season 5  |  41 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    Welcome back for season 5 of "Writing Tips and Writerly Musings". I've got a lot in store for you with tips from the pros. Kicking off with 'Intro to Hopepunk', and even a few of my own tricks for managing my time with Trello.

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    Coming Of Age vs YA

    June 6th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  8 mins 8 secs
    beta-reading, books, coming of age, critique, writers, writing, writing tips, ya

    Coming of age stories have always been a large part of the fantasy genre in particular, but now, it can be hard to know where to draw the line between YA and Adult novels.

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    Youtube Survival Guide

    May 30th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  19 mins 38 secs
    books, critique, podcast, writers, writing, writing tips, youtube

    Where do you get started and tell me more about this whole monetization thing -- or at least the rules that existed last week. They're always changing.

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    Advancing Your Story... Without Traumatizing Your Characters (or Readers)

    May 23rd, 2022  |  Season 4  |  14 mins 52 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    You know stories need stakes. You know you need to get your readers to care. So? You try to make the stakes big enough and scary enough to drive the story forward. But you don’t HAVE to traumatize characters — or readers — to advance your story.

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    Pitching Agents -- And Readers

    May 16th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  7 mins 54 secs
    books, writers, writing, writing tips

    I talk a lot about pitching agents via the query process, but that’s not the only way to pitch. There are verbal pitches to agents. And? There’s the pitching you need to do to the READERS!

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    Dynamic Voice Acting

    May 9th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  10 mins 26 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    If you find yourself behind the microphone, sharing a story of your own, be prepared to pull in your audience with Dynamic Voice Acting.

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    "But I'm Not A YA Writer": Gender Biases In The Book World

    May 2nd, 2022  |  Season 4  |  11 mins 21 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    Women writers of speculative fiction are often getting shelved with the YA books -- even when they're clearly not intended for teens. Unfortunately, getting misclassified has dire consequences for the novel. How is this happening and how can we stop this trend?

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    Writing Motivation For Doomsday Cults

    April 25th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  7 mins 55 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    Doomsday cults have been around for a long time, probably since the dawn of civilization. Writers and readers alike have found them endlessly fascinating. But, what motivates someone to start a doomsday cult? And why do people join?