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As a blogger, vlogger, and unpublished fantasy author, I am addicted to attending all the writing panels a person could possibly attend at a convention.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

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    The Pitchwars Community and Me

    October 2nd, 2020  |  Season 1  |  10 mins 11 secs
    beta-reading, books, community, critique, pitchwars, writers, writing, writing tips, writingcommunity

    Pitchwars, an online mentorship opportunity, has been instrumental for me in building my community. Today, I share about how this came to be and the importance of making writing friends at the same stage of their careers as you.

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    Creating Rules Of Enchantment

    September 28th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  5 mins 20 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    When creating magic -- you can start with the characters, the world, or the magic -- but if you don't make the rules internally consistent, your magic system breaks down. In this episode, I'll be sharing tips on how to make your magic work.

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    PitchWars versus The Publishing Industry

    September 25th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  6 mins 43 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, pitchwars, writers, writing, writing tips

    The PitchWars mentorship competition has a lot in common with the publishing industry as a whole. In this episode, I compare and contrast the two.

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    Just Send It! When To Stop (Re)Writing

    September 21st, 2020  |  Season 1  |  4 mins 36 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    When writing, it's hard to know when you've reached that finish line. That point where it's not going to get any better and you're just rearranging chairs on the deck of a ship. Today, I'm sharing tips on knowing when you need to stop editing and just submit your story.

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    A Message To My Fellow #PitchWars Hopefuls

    September 18th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  5 mins 44 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, pitchwars, writers, writing, writing tips

    There is a writing mentorship opportunity called "#PitchWars", that lets writers with polished manuscripts who just aren't getting traction -- or who want another set of eyes before they start querying -- query for a mentorship opportunity. Here is my message to all of you who are waiting and hoping with me.

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    Writing Fight Scenes That Work

    September 14th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  10 mins 32 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    When writing a fight scene, it can be easy to turn the entire fight into a series of stage directions -- but that's not going to engage your readers. Today, I'm sharing notes on how to start a fight, what are the rules, and how to make the point-of-view work for you.

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    10 Questions To Ask Your Beta-Readers

    September 7th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  7 mins 53 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    If you're writing, you're probably going to ask someone to read your work and give you feedback, at some stage. And? The best way to get feedback you can use? Is to ask for it. Today, I'm sharing the 10 questions I ask my beta-readers -- plus a few bonus questions.

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    3 Things That Make A Great First Line

    August 31st, 2020  |  Season 1  |  11 mins 32 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    The first line of your novel has to do one thing and one thing only -- make your reader want to read the second sentence. Today, I'm talking about the 3 things that can make that first line GREAT.

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    Who Else? Writing Secondary and Minor Characters

    August 24th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  5 mins 45 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    You can have the best protagonist in the world, but if your world isn't populated with three-dimensional secondary and background characters, your world is going to seem mighty empty. In this episode, I share notes on how to flesh out those background characters.

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    5 Tips For Pacing Your Novel

    August 24th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  4 mins 21 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    When you're writing, you want to keep the reader interested -- without overwhelming them. Getting the pacing right can be tricky. In this episode, I discuss five tips for fixing your pacing.